Jack White has spoken of his distaste for performing on the festival circuit, calling festivals "a necessary evil" in the music industry.

Speaking to BBC News recently, he said: "I don't get excited about festivals - they're not my favourite place to play. A lot of people come to them and there's all these pros to them. You get exposure to people who would never come and see you and the organisers offer bands a lot of money so they can't say no, but they're not my first choice to perform music."

"Everyone's drinking and lazing in the sun and walking around and that's a fun thing for them but it's not interesting for me. I'm not trying to be negative, it's just never been too exciting for me," he explained.

In the same interview, the former frontman of The White Stripes said that the duo's most famous hit, Seven Nation Army, was overlooked by the band's record label and his bandmate and ex-wife Meg White.

"I thought it was interesting," said White of the track, insisting that neither Meg nor the record company "thought anything of it" and didn't want it released as a single. "Even when we recorded it, nobody thought it was that good," he said.

Jack White will kick off a UK and Ireland tour later this year, with the first date in Dublin's O2 Arena on Halloween night, October 31.