Albion boys showcase new tracks during surprise set before Florence
Andrew Trendell

22:20 26th June 2015

The Libertines made Glastonbury history with a 'secret', emotional and hit-packed set on the Pyramid Stage this evening (Friday 26 June, 2015). Check out our full report, setlist, photos and more below.

Earlier today, Glasto boss Emily Eavis reported that a band would indeed be filling in for Florence + The Machine's original main stage slot - before rumours began to spread of Pete, Carl and co making a surprise appearance

Then, after hours of anticipation, the band confirmed all hearsay by posting their first ever Instagram message with a photo of the band travelling to Worthy Farm via helicopter:


Is that some sort of Tor in the distance? #glastolibs

A photo posted by The Libertines Official (@thelibertines) on

As The Libertines' Up The Bracket banner lowered, it became clear that the Albion heroes would indeed take to the stage, before briskly opening with 'The Delaney' before roaring straight into 'Vertigo'.

Pete Doherty then paid tribute to the late, great former Libs collaborator and musician Alan Wass, saying "he's up there looking down on us, or down there looking up on us" before rushing into 'Time For Heroes'.

Beyond that, it was an accomplished delivery of the staples from their first two albums, aside from another airing of new track 'Gunga Din' and inviting out the marvellous Gigwise favourite Ed Harcourt for old favourite revisited 'You're My Waterloo' and the live debut of 'Handsome'.

Pete, Carl, Gary and John made the headline of the entire weekend, with a performance worthy of Glasto headliners and leaving all desparate for more. 'Secret' sets are part and parcel of the running flow of Glastonbury, but The Libs pulled off one of all time - in a class of their own, my love. 

The Libertines played:
The Delaney
Time for Heroes
Can't Stand Me Now
The Ha Ha Wall
Gunga Gin
Music When the Lights Go Out
What Katie Did
The Boy Looked at Johnny
Boys in the Band
You're My Waterloo
Handsome (New song, live debut)
Death on the Stairs
The Good Old Days
Tell the King
I Get Along
What a Waster
Don't Look Back Into the Sun

The band will return to the UK to headline Reading & Leeds festival across August Bank Holiday weekend, and will also see performances from Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Jamie T, Limp Bizkit, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J and many more. For Reading tickets visit here, and for Leeds tickets visit here.  

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Photo: Wenn