After a day of speculation at who would fill the vacant slot on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, Pete Doherty and Carl Barat began their set spraying bottled beer in a triumphant mood.
The Libertines' last big UK gig was at Hyde Park last summer. After a day of rain- and rumours of who might step in for Florence and the Machine who replaced Foo Fighters as Friday night headliners - the crowd quickly took to old classics "Can't Stand Me Now" and "What a Waster".
Pete and Carl have a famously fractious relationship but all went well at Worthy Farm tonight. The two shared their microphones and seemed well at ease. Fans lapped up classics from their previous albums but songs from their unreleased third LP were met with a tepid response.
Festival-goers had spent the day sharing gossip over who would take the vacated slot. Blur, who recently released a new album and played a sell-out concert in Hyde Park, were hotly tipped to stand in. But finishing with "Don't Look Back Into The Sun", The Libertines more than proved their worth.
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