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The stages are built, thousands of fans are on their way, it’s quite muddy – the CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS are very nearly with us.

With The Darkness, White Stripes and Green Day headlining, and a host of other top bands playing on arguably the best bill of the summer, we’ve gone all out to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Will The Libertines be joined by Pete Doherty? Will White Stripes play any new songs? How will The Darkness cope with massive headline gigs? NME.COM will be there, come rain or shine, to bring you the answers – and loads more.

Meanwhile, if you’re off to Reading it’s worth packing some wellies. It’s very muddy underfoot.

If you can’t make it to the festival, make sure you’re clicking back to NME.COM all weekend for the latest news, reviews, pictures and backstage gossip.

In a new innovation, organisers are recording bands that will at the festivals, with the intention of releasing tracks as downloads as soon as next week.