The Libertines are to play this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals, it has been confirmed.
The band – comprised of Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell – last shared a stage together as a fourpiece in 2004. They dissolved soon after releasing their second, eponymous album that year, due to Barat‘s unwillingness to carry on working with Doherty until he addressed his drug problems.
However, in an exclusive interview with Uncut‘s sister title [url=http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/50447]NME[/url], all four members confirmed they are getting back together to play the Main Stage of Reading And Leeds Festivals on August 27-29.
Although it is currently unclear whether the reunion will be permanent or not, Doherty told [url=http://www.nme.com/news/the-libertines/50447]NME[/url] that he is “chomping at the bit” to get back onstage with his old band.
“Potentially it’s a fucking disaster, so we’ve agreed to be honest with each other… rather than walk up in silence and let things get messy and complicated, just be honest,” Doherty explained.
Other acts playing Reading And Leeds Festivals include headliners Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink 182. Tickets for the festival are on sale now.