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Libertines Announce Reading and Leeds Festivals Warm-Up Show

Carl Barat has revealed that the Libertines will prepare for their biggest ever live shows at the Reading and Leeds festivals with a gig at London’s Forum venue sometime in August.

The guitarist and singer also revealed the band hasn’t played together since their press conference in a London pub back in March, when the quartet announced their return after a six-year absence.

Barat explained to the BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat, “It’s always a bit last minute with the Libertines. If we did it any other way it wouldn’t be the Libertines.” A date for the show has yet to be confirmed.

Not that Barat is particularly worried by the lack of preparation. He said, “We’ve got a bit of time blocked out. As I say it’s a bit last minute — it always is. Of course we’ll be able to do it and we’ll be able to do it with aplomb.”

Speaking at the launch of the ‘Six Shooters’ exhibition at London’s Proud Gallery, the one-time Dirty Pretty Thing discussed his thoughts on playing with the Libertines again ahead of the band’s much-anticipated return. “Obviously, it’s always nerve-racking, but again that’s all part of what it is to be in that band. Overall I’m excited, and that’s starting to come through a lot more now. It started off as pure nerves. Now I’m starting to look forward to it,” he said.

Questioned on the band’s plans for after Leeds and Reading though, Barat remained non-committal, simply saying, “We’ll have to wait to see, hey?”

The Libertines headline Leeds on Friday Aug. 27 and Reading the following the day.