The Libertines made their long-awaited return to T In The Park on Saturday (July 11), where they co-headlined the main stage alongside Swedish EDM titan Avicii.
Playing the festival for the first time since 2004, The Libertines’ set was one of the busiest of the weekend, also seeing the band debut new tracks ‘Fame and Fortune’ and ‘Barbarians’ from forthcoming new album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.
It was the band’s older material – such as ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’ and ‘Music When The Lights Go Out’ – that drew the biggest response from the crowd.
After ‘Boys in the Band’, the group disappeared from the stage for a few minutes, with Doherty saying they needed to “have a little pep-talk.” They returned soon afterwards, however, and went wordlessly into ‘The Good Old Days’. No explanation was given, but there was no suggestion of trouble: by the end of of the set – which climaxed with ‘Time For Heroes’ – a grinning Doherty was attempting to affectionately wrestle co-frontman Carl Barat to the ground.
Watch footage from the band’s set below or at BBC iPlayer.
Before them, The Vaccines drew an impressive crowd to the Radio 1 stage, which had seen low turnouts all day because of the wet weather.
Walking onstage to a chant of “Vaccines! Vaccines! Vaccines!” from the crowd, the band opened with ‘Handsome’ and ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and barely took their foot off the pedal for the next hour, racing through a set whose highlights included ‘Wetsuit’ and the closing ‘Norgaard’.
Preceding them were Enter Shikari, whose crowd were a little more muted than usual because of the weather, but that didn’t stop circle pits forming during new single ‘Torn Apart’.
Also playing the Radio 1 Stage was Charli XCX, who was up against her famous friend Marina and the Diamonds on the King Tut’s Tent. Backed by a three-piece female backing band, Charli gave a spirited performance, shredding on a giant inflatable guitar during ‘Breaking Up’ and dedicating ‘Body of My Own’ to “all the girls with pussy power,” however Marina’s performance was far better-attended, with ‘Primmadonna Girl’ getting the Tut’s tent bouncing.
Earlier in the day, Palma Violets encouraged fans to enjoy the fine weather – which sadly didn’t last for very long – with bassist Chilli Jesson telling them to, “sit yourselves down, for fuck’s sake – the sunshine’s out,” before ‘Last of the Summer Wine’.
The band themselves weren’t taking it easy, however, tearing through their set with their usual reckless abandon. “I fucking love it here,” Jesson told the crowd after ‘Rattlesnake Highway. “I always have and I always will.”
T in the Park continues today with performances by Jamie T, The Prodigy, Catfish & The Bottlemen and headliner Noel Gallagher.