Heading up our special Reading and Leeds festival preview issue, The Libertines grant us exclusive access to their rehearsal room as they prepare for their long awaited mainstage performances.

Libertines

Alongside tons of amazing photos, we speak to the band and hear about Pete’s continuing police problems, what they’re likely to play and how the rehearsals have been, as Carl puts it, “fraught.”

The Libertines

Also in the Reading and Leeds preview we’ve interviews with everyone from Crystal Castles to The Maccabees to Foals to Weezer to Fred ‘I’m not a tool anymore, promise’ Durst. And we also have a very special report from inside the mind of Axl Rose

Reading

Elsewhere we go to Las Vegas with Brandon Flowers for his first big solo show. Expect some pomp and circumstance in that one.

Brandon

Plus we’ve got a full report on the V festival, reviews of albums by Everything Everything, Les Savy Fav, and Phil Selway, and have a gig guide so big it borders on the grotesque.

V

Stop pissing about and go buy it. Go on.

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