The Libertines’ return: ‘The chemistry is pretty electric’ – video exclusive

Carl Barât and Gary Powell speak exclusively to NME ahead of Reading And Leeds Festivals

The Libertines have spoken exclusively to NME about the preparations for their reunion at the Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend (August 27-29) in a video interview you can watch on the right now.

The band have been rehearsing in London ahead of the Main Stage slots, and last night (August 23) made their live return playing in front of “family and friends” at the HMV Forum.

Speaking about their preparations Carl Barat and Gary Powell said the band have rediscovered their old chemistry in the rehearsal room.

“We started rehearsing as The Libertines and it all came back slowly but surely… it all fell back into place,” declared Powell

Barât added that, along with the music, the quartet’s friendships had also returned over the last few weeks.

“It’s been six years of stasis, but then you get back in the room and it’s like the six years haven’t happened,” he explained. You remember all these different facets of your friends, the good and the bad, but I’ve mainly forgotten the good. It’s pretty electric the chemistry it hasn’t really changed a bit. It’s exciting.”

Watch the full video interview on the right now, plus get this week’s issue of issue of NME for an exclusive interview with The Libertines and photos from their rehearsals. It’s on UK newsstands now, or available digitally worldwide right now.

Meanwhile The Libertines are set to play for fans at the HMV Forum tonight, stay tuned to NME.COM for a full report.