The Libertines are set to reunite to play at the Reading And Leeds Festivals this year, they have told NME.COM. Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, John Hassall and Gary Powell will reconvene to play second from top of the bill at the August 27-29 event – their first full gigs as a band since the 2004 split.
Laura Marling, Mumford and Sons and Corinne Bailey Rae have joined the line-up for this year’s Latitude Festival. Girls, Hockey, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Kassidy and Here We Go Magic have also been added to the bill for the July 15-18 event.
MIA, Massive Attack, Roots Manuva and Kelis are set to play at this year’s Big Chill festival. Kruder & Dorfmeister are also among the first acts announced as set to perform at the Herefordshire event, which takes place on August 5-8.
Jack White has revealed that The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ was almost never released as a single. The song, which is now one of the duo’s most recognisable songs, had early opposition from the group’s record label XL Recordings who didn’t want to release the track.
The Cure are set to release a remastered 3CD version of their 1989 album ‘Disintegration’ on May 24. The release will include previously-unreleased songs, demos and outtakes, plus a live version of the album as well as the remastered original disc.
U2’s 2009 ‘YouTube’ gig from California’s Rose Bowl stadium is to come out on DVD. ‘U2360° At The Rose Bowl’ will be the band’s first live release available in Blu–ray, and deluxe editions also feature a new documentary called ‘Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360°’. It’s out on June 7.
Three quarters of The Smiths came out to see The Drums play as they toured the UK this week. The iconic band’s frontman Morrissey went to see the US group play on Wednesday (March 31) at The Old Blue Last in London. Meanwhile a night earlier Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce turned up at a show.
Gossip’s Beth Ditto has admitted that she has to stop herself from stealing from shops. The singer, who with her band will embark on a US tour later this month, revealed that whilst she has a “hard time” stopping herself, she doesn’t shoplift anymore.
Metallica and Black Sabbath are teaming up for a special one-off joint release. The rock legends are both contributing a track to a 12-inch vinyl single which will be limited to just 1000 copies.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cribs and Bloc Party are among the bands issuing vinyl releases on Record Store Day (April 17) to mark the 10th anniversary of their record label Wichita.
Glasvegas drummer Caroline McKay has left the group, her bandmates have announced. Frontman James Allan explained that it had been McKay’s decision to leave the Glasgow four-piece.
The Chemical Brothers have revealed their new album will be called ‘Further’. Set to be released on June 7, the album sees the veteran dance duo work with long-term visual collaborators Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall.
Crystal Castles have announced details of a new limited single release set for next month. The Toronto pair will release new song ‘Doe Deer’ on Record Store Day – April 17 – on 12-inch vinyl. Only 500 copies will be pressed worldwide, while the song will not be available digitally.
LCD Soundsystem have named their forthcoming third album ‘This Is Happening’. According to James Murphy’s DFA Records, the album will feature the group’s leader on the cover for the first time.
Arcade Fire will premiere material from their new album when they headline the Reading And Leeds Festival this summer, according to the band’s Will Butler.
MGMT have announced details of a new UK and Ireland tour for September. The Brooklyn duo will bring over new album ‘Congratulations’ (out April 12) for seven dates, kicking off in Dublin on September 16.
The Who were joined onstage by very special guests when they performed their rock opera album ‘Quadrophenia’ in its entirety in London on Monday (March 29). The band were assisted by Kasabian’s Tom Meighan and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder during the gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust gig at the Royal Albert Hall.