Carl Barât says The Libertines will play ’emotional’ new songs at Reading and Leeds Festivals

Barat said band will be 'a lot more cohesive' during headline set

Carl Barat has said The Libertines will be “a lot more cohesive” when they headline the Reading and Leeds Festivals this year and that the audience can expect new songs that will “hopefully make them cry”.

Speaking to NME, Barât expressed his excitement for the upcoming performance and explained that the band’s previous reunion show at the festival in 2010 was a motivating factor in them touring and writing together again.

“We’re going to be a lot more cohesive, we were a bit like rabbits in the headlights then,” Barât said. “We’d just come from a 10-year quagmire of stodgy and gloom. Of hospitals and prison and heartache and tears and piecing our life back together, and then we get back on stage in front of the biggest audience we’ve ever had, I think we were a little bit shaky.”

He added that 2010 was “amazing” and that “it was like a flash of light”. “It proved to us that it all meant something, that it wasn’t just in our heads. We were surrounded by all these people who believed in the same thing, in songs, and the hearts and the minds and the melodies were aligned and in sync, that was all realised,” he said.

Of the new songs, Barât said: “I’m delighted with the new songs we’ve got so far, I was literally just listening to them, they’re belters. I’m excited. There’s a lot of energy and jumping up and down and going fucking mental as much as The Libertines ever have inspired in people. There are some pretty emotional bits as well that will probably make me a little teary.”

Asked how he thinks Libertines fans will react to the songs, he responded: “Well hopefully they’ll cry.”

Barât’s Libertines band mate Pete Doherty marked his return to the UK this week after a stint in a Thai rehab facility with a comeback show at London’s Brixton Jamm. Addressing their reunion, Barât said: “The first Reading I ever played was the first time my dad had seen us play. We had a fight onstage at the end, and I think I stormed off to the curtain at the side and one of the leads wrapped round my neck, so I was sort of dangling in the air doing a Tyburn jig. And then we had a blazing punch up as we left the stage and all of these big roadie men backed off cause they were vicious scenes. I’ll hopefully be avoiding that this time round.”

The Libertines were announced as the third and final headliner for Reading and Leeds yesterday. They join previously announced headliners Mumford & Sons and Metallica. “It’s pretty dizzying to be alongside Metallica,” Barât said. “I used to love them as a kid, so being on the same bill will instil a bit of pride.”

Other acts announced for Reading and Leeds yesterday included The Cribs, The Maccabees, Django Django, Everything Everything, Kendrick Lamar, and Peace. See a full list of confirmed acts here.

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