Rumors where circulating as to who would take over Florence + the Machine’s time slot was left vacant when Florence was moved replace Foo Fighters in the headline slot. Organizers had tried to keep the identity of the guests secret, which for the most part they did.. Until The Libertines official instagram posted a confirmation right before…
The set started off a bit rough, opening the set with Vertigo and at some point Pete Doherty addresses the crowd, looking out over a golden sunset to pay tribute to his friend and collaborator Alan Wass, who died of a heart attack earlier in the year. “If you’re looking down, I’m looking up.” these brief but tender words that show Pete is still very much the wordsmith and lyricist.
The set goes on with Horrorshow, The Boy Looked At Johnny, Time For Heroes, Can’t Stand Me Now and What Katie Did were triumphant. The crowd was in a chaotic uproar as Pete and Carl recreate their iconic album sleeve pose.. That legendary face-to-face or brothers in arms stance we all know well with their matching Libertines tattoos still prominent.
The set closed with the crowd pleasing and fan favorite, Don’t Look Back into The Sun. They stumbled to the ground and kiss in a defiant moment. The set captured the true heart and essence of the Libertines, the kinship between Pete and Carl lives on in a spark-filled incendiary love-hate relationship that lead to their spectacular break-up after just two albums.