The Libertines reunite for 2010 Reading And Leeds Festivals – exclusive first interview

"We're reforming the band to play the songs that people want to hear," band exclusively tell NME.COM

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.

The group will perform at Leeds on the Friday (August 27) of the festival, before headliners Arcade Fire. They will play in Reading on the Saturday (28).

“We’re reforming the band to play the songs that people want to hear,” Barat told NME.COM. “We’re going to get together, play songs which have been collecting dust in the garage. People want to hear them, so we’re going to give them a run. We’ll be playing them like we’re playing them for the last ever time.”

Pete Doherty added: “I can’t really believe it yet. I haven’t quite digested it. It’s been a bit of a pipe dream.”

Watch a video interview with the band – the first since reforming – on the right now and get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands from Wednesday (March 31), for the exclusive comeback interview with The Libertines.

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