Reading and Leeds festival line-up 2015: Libertines to headline summer festivals

Rock band will join Mumford and Sons and Metallica as main stage headliners over the weekend

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Reformed rockers The Libertines have joined Mumford and Sons and Metallica as headliners at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

The four-piece, who made their debut on the event's main stage in 2003, played one of their first reunion gigs there five years ago.

Other acts confirmed to join the 2015 line-up include  Kendrick Lamar, Limp Bizkit; Tyler, The Creator; Jamie XX, Django Django and Azealia Banks.

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Libertines guitarist Pete Doherty said: “I've just woken up and I can't stop thinking about playing at Reading and Leeds.” Bassist John Hassall promised fans they would play some of the band's new songs.

The band split in 2004 after releasing two albums, with co-frontmen Doherty and Carl Barat going on to pursue their own careers amid sporadic reunions.

Doherty released solo material but became better known for his drug problems, brushes with the law and relationship with Kate Moss than his music, while Barat fronted the band Dirty Pretty Things.


The Libertines scored top 40 hits with singles "Time For Heroes" and "Don't Look Back Into The Sun", and their biggest hit, "Can't Stand Me Now", which echoed the difficulties between once-loyal friends Barat and Doherty, reached number two. Their second, self-titled album topped the charts in 2004.

The band will also headline Scotland's T in the Park in July.