Main Stage. Friday
One of the most influential British bands of this century, the Libertines joined the pop fray of 2002, competing with the likes of the Strokes, Hives, Vines, and Doves with their debut single, 'What a Waster', which led NME to crown them as the best new band in Britain.
The release of their debut album Up The Bracket led to further acclaim. With hugely popular side-projects including Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things, and smash hits like 'Can't Stand Me Now' and 'Don't Look Back Into The Sun' to their name, and their position and influence at the forefront of British indie has been consistent ever since.
Following a mid-00s hiatus, the full band reunited for gigs at the Leeds and Reading festivals in 2010. Most excitingly for Libertines fans, the group's sold-out 2014 shows at London's Hyde Park and Alexandra Palace led the band to work on a new album. Preceded by the rollicking single 'Gunga Din,' Anthems for Doomed Youth arrived in September 2015.