Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated reunions we’ve seen lately, The Libertines returned to the music scene with performances at Reading and Leeds festivals (following two London warm-up shows). Click through this gallery for some behind the scenes shots of the band from the festivals. Check out our Big Picture gallery from Reading here.
NME spoke with the band recently, marking their first interview together in five years. Go find out what they had to say about the festival performances and their reformation.
“We’re reforming the band to play the songs that people want to hear,” Carl Barat told NME.COM.
Carl Barat told NME that he thinks the chemistry is still there between him Pete Doherty. “As people, we’re the same as ever…It’s like gentle fires are warming the corridors of our hearts that have been cold since the splitting up.”
These fans look more than ready to see The Libertines perform…so much that one punter can’t even keep his shirt on.
Carl Barât told NME that Pete Doherty got “arrested” during The Libertines’ rehearsals for the festivals. “Peter got arrested in the middle of the road,” he said, adding: “Well, he got recognised by the police who were doing a little bit of lazy detective work.”
Barât said that although Doherty was stopped by the police, “he didn’t have anything on him”, so was not detained.
Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell played songs including ‘Horrorshow’, ‘The Delaney’ and ‘Vertigo’.
The Libertines graced the cover of this past week’s NME, where you can read more about the band’s reunion. They admitted that festival was “crucial” for them in deciding their future plans as a band.
The band’s set was exactly the same for both Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Click here to watch some live footage of the band’s set at Leeds Festival.
Gary Powell’s other band, The Invasion Of…, played on the BBC Introducing Stage before he joined the Libertines for their Main Stage slot.
Doherty and Barat said little to the audience, although they did hug and kiss each other throughout the set.
Drummer Gary Powell told NME, “I think that decision will actually come at that point of time,” adding that the band “would love to continue doing this”, if the shows go to plan.
The sound was turned off and the band were forced off stage during ‘Time For Heroes’ during their Reading set due to crowd safety issues, but they returned shortly after to finish their performance.
There was no explanation as to why the band had to leave the stage, although video screens showed fans being crushed at the front of the stage.
The foursome returned to the stage after a couple of minutes, with drummer Gary Powell coming on first and playing a similar drumbeat to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. The rest of the band soon followed, and launched into the solo of ‘Time For Heroes’, completing their set.
These fans give their thumbs up in approval of the band’s set. Check our video of the fans’ verdict to see how other audience members rated the performance.
Following the festival weekend, Carl Barât wrote on his Twitter: “Reading and Leeds were beyond words, thank you all so dearly.”
Reading and Leeds Festivals boss Melvin Benn told NME that The Libertines’ festival comeback shows were one of the highlights of the weekend.
The band didn’t give any clues about their future as they left the stage, although all four members did come together at the front and hug and bow in front of the audience.