Pete Doherty to be released from jail before Reading And Leeds Festivals

Court report gives a likely release date of August 21

Pete Doherty will probably be released from prison in time to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals this August, according to the official court report of his sentencing.

The Libertines man was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday (May 20) after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, but he has now been given a likely release date of August 21. This would be five days before he is due to headline the Festival Republic stage at Leeds Festival, on August 26. He’s set to play Reading Festival two days later.

A Reading And Leeds Festivals spokesperson told NME today (May 23) that they had no comment to make yet about whether they would be holding out to see if the singer ended up being released in time for the events.

Doherty was charged and convicted after a police investigation into the death of his friend, filmmaker Robin Whitehead in 2010. She died from complications from heroin poisoning. Details of Doherty‘ sentence, along with the judges comment about Whitehead‘s death have been published at

Although the frontman is now expected to be released in time for Reading And Leeds Festivals, the length of his sentence is almost certain to force him to cancel planned appearances at T In The Park and Oxegen festivals in July.