August 27, 2010 16:22

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John Hassall speaks ahead of Main Stage slot

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The Libertines' bassist John Hassall headed into the Leeds Festival crowd today (August 27) to watch drummer Gary Powell's 'other' band The Invasion Of… – and said how he was feeling ahead of tonight's show.

The band are set to play on the Main Stage tonight, with Hassall telling NME that they were feeling "optimistic".

When asked how his nerves were this afternoon he said: "[It's] nervous excitement, really. I'm quietly optimistic about it. Hopefullly it'll be as good as the last gigs."

The band played two shows earlier in the week in London to prepare for the Leeds show and tomorrow's Reading Festival performance.

Speaking more about the reunion, he said: "It's going very quickly. We're only halfway through now. It doesn't feel real that we're going to be stopping in two gigs' time."

He added that the band hadn't discussed if they would carry on together after this weekend. Last night Carl Barat said he'd like to make another Libertines album.

The Invasion Of…, meanwhile, played a short set of songs including 'Delusional', 'Horseman On The Roof' and 'High Spheres'. A few Libertines fans were out to support the drummer, wearing band T-shirts and cheering his name at the end of the set.

NME is coming live from both sites at Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend. Head to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage including news, reviews, videos and picture galleries.

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