Libertines to headline Reading and Leeds

The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year, joining previously-announced acts Mumford & Sons and Metallica in topping the bill.

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty

The Libertines will headline the Reading and Leeds festivals this year.

The 'Don't Look Back Into the Sun' hitmakers - who reunited to perform at the event in 2010 - have been unveiled as the final act to top the bill at the three-night, dual-site festival, which takes place over the weekend of August 28-30.

In an exclusive video message, Pete Doherty said: "I've just woken up and I can't stop thinking about playing at Reading & Leeds."

And the group - who have previously played the event in 2003 and 2004 - will use the festival to showcase some of their new material.

John Hassall said: "Really excited to be playing Reading and Leeds this year. There is a great vibe in the band and we should be doing some new songs too. So it'll be the best Reading and Leeds ever!"

The Libertines join previously-announced headliners Metallica and Mumford & Sons at this year's event.

And organisers also announced another 50 acts who will perform across the weekend, with the likes of All Time Low, Kendrick Lamar, The Maccabees, Limp Bizkit, Tyler, The Creator, Everything Everything, Jamie XX, Boy Better Know, New Found Glory, Mastodon, Django Django, The Wombats, Frank Turner, Ash, and Azealia Banks joining the bill.

Festival boss Melvin Benn said: "I'm excited to announce over 50 other phenomenally talented acts today who will bring amazing performances for our fans. I really think we've got the ultimate line-up this year. Where else can you see Kendrick Lamar on the same day as Deadmau5 and Years & Years, or Marmozets on the same day as Azealia Banks or Metallica, or All Time Low on the same day as Knife Party or Mumford & Sons!

"It's almost exactly six months to the Festivals and I already can't wait until August Bank Holiday weekend."

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