Pete Doherty dedicates song to late friend Alan Wass as The Libertines begin secret Glastonbury set

Band stepped in to fill gap left by Florence + The Machine

The Libertines have begun their secret Glastonbury gig (June 26), opening their performance with versions of ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Vertigo’.

The band are second on the bill to Florence + The Machine in a slot left vacant after that band were moved to headliners after Foo Fighters cancelled their slot at the festival.

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Earlier in the day Emily Eavis had revealed that a “top secret” band would take to the stage at 8:20pm and the identity was revealed to fans at the festival when the video screen dropped and Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ could be heard on the PA system. The band then walked on-stage and began playing ‘The Delaney’.

Prior to ‘Time For Heroes’, Pete Doherty dedicated the song to Alan Wass who died earlier this year. Wass was a friend and collaborator of Doherty and died of a heart attack earlier in 2015.

“Alan Wass if you’re up there looking down,” Doherty said speaking from stage, “Or down there looking up”. The band then burst into their 2002 single.

The band’s first five songs were as follows:

‘The Delaney’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘Horror Show’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’

A full Libertines set report will follow…


The Libertines are expected to release the follow-up to their 2004 self-titled second album later this year. Ahead of the album’s release, The Libertines have also been confirmed as the headliners for both T In The Park and the Reading And Leeds festivals this summer.

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