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Cheers chaps

Carl Barat has thanked The Libertines fans who came out in massive numbers to support their favourite band in exile over last weekend’s Reading and Leeds festival performances. As one who was among their number, this Excite writer can feel satisfied that they went through enough crowd surges, mud slides and general idiocy from the young ‘uns who weren’t there the first time round to justify the praise.

‘I would like very much to thank you for your hardy support for The Libertines over the last week,’ the front man said. ‘It has been truly beyond words and I couldn't have been happier with your response. I am predictably exhausted but exhilarated and so glad to have been a part of it once more.

‘I write this from Brussels where I am talking to a great many people about my new record and I am happy to say it has being splendidly received.

‘I can't quite believe I'm back on the horse already and will be back here touring the new material in only a matter of weeks. Needless to say it will be grand and I hope to see many of the old faces.’

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