The Libertines frontman performed in the French capital yesterday at an anti-racism rally, ahead of this weekend's presidential elections.
Pete Doherty has performed at a protest rally in Paris this week, staged to warn about the “threat” posed by far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, ahead of the crucial elections this weekend.
The Libertines and Babyshambles frontman, 38, has lived in France for several years on and off in his life, and was among 30 musicians and dozens of other entertainment groups who performed at an anti-racism rally organised by French youth groups at the Place de la Republique in the French capital on Thursday (May 4th).
STV reported the same day that Doherty took the opportunity to address the placard-waving crowd, and said that Le Pen’s hardline proposals for immigration policy were “not some distant threat, you know. It’s like a shadow at the gate.”
Continue reading: Pete Doherty Performs At Anti-Le Pen Rally In Paris
Contractors uncovered an ancient roundhouse, believed to be several thousand years old, on Friday (May 29th) while preparing the site for the festival.
The recent archaeological discovery at the new site of the T In The Park festival will not prevent the weekend-long event from going ahead, experts have confirmed.
Contractors preparing the site near Strathallan Castle came across what archaeological experts believe to be a 3,000 year old roundhouse, and works were immediately put on hold while the structure was examined.
The festival’s organisers, DF Concerts, had feared that the discovery would force them to delay or perhaps cancel this year’s festival, due to be held in July. Archaeological discoveries frequently hold back construction projects all over the world.
Continue reading: Archaeological Discovery Will Not Prevent 'T In The Park' Go-Ahead
After a series of reunion gigs this year, The Libertines have confirmed they're working on a third album and have signed a new record deal.
Quintessential noughties British indie group The Libertines have signed to a major label to release a long-awaited third album. In news reported by the NME, The band have made a deal with Virgin EMI, and have pencilled in the album’s release for 2015.
Speaking in a statement from the Thai island of Ko Si Chang where the deal was signed, the Libs’ Pete Doherty said "I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. It was a beautiful day." His co-frontman Carl Barât added: "After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn't be more excited."
After over ten years, The Libertines will release a new album in 2015
Continue reading: The Libertines Announce Third Album
Organiser confirms big-name act to play secret set at festival.
Every year, festival campsites buzz with rumours of ‘favourite bands playing secret slots’ and unlikely artists playing impromptu performances. As an event with a rich history of putting on secret shows, this month’s Reading and Leeds festival proves to be no exception.
Last week, one Reading and Leeds organiser revealed he’d been approached by several artists (some of whom he described as ‘arena acts’) all wanting to play at the festival. To the delight and frustration of many fans, he confirmed that one big-name act has since been confirmed to perform a secret slot - but wouldn’t reveal who.
Continue reading: So, Who's Playing ‘Secret Sets’ At Reading And Leeds 2014?
The Libertines are still 'unpredictable' as they discuss their summer on the road and triumphant reunion shows.
While it may have been one of the most anticipated reunions of the year, The Libertines are still proving to be as chaotic and unpredictable as they were in The Good Old Days. The cult band, consisting of frontmen and guitarists Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, along with drummer Gary Powell and bassist John Hassall, reunited this summer for a string of high profile festival dates across Europe.
While the performances have been widely praised by both fans and critics, the band have opened up about some of the more shambolic moments from their summer on the road.
The Libertines' first reunion gig in London for four years was a critical success but the crowd were particularly badly behaved. The band's performance was interrupted two songs in by a crowd surge and the concert managers were forced to ask the crowd to stop throwing fireworks at the beginning of the set.
The Libertines' first reunion gig on English soil got off to a rocky start when overzealous fans surged towards the stage whilst the band performed at the British Summer Time gig in Hyde Park, London. This is the first time in four years the group has performed in the capital and their appearance has been praised by critics.
Pete Doherty performing with The Libertines in Glasgow last week.
Continue reading: The Libertines' Highly Praised Hyde Park Gig Interrupted By Surging Fans
Doherty and Barat push back the clocks, with a rousing performance as part of Hyde Park’s ‘British Summer Time’ shows.
The Libertines were reunited last night in front of a packed crowd in London’s Hyde Park, delivering a hit filled set in front of thousands of eager fans.
Time for heroes? The Libertines are back
Arriving on stage after a retrospective video, the band launched into ‘Vertigo’ from their debut album Up the Bracket. As hungry fans lapped up the reunited foursome, the band were forced to stop mid way through their second song, ‘Boys in the Band’ due to crushing at the front of the barrier. The crowd eventually stepped back to allow some audience members to be pulled out by security, but the show was eventually stopped again during ‘Time for Heroes’.
The Libertines delivered a barnstorming set in Glasgow.
The Libertines reunited over the weekend for a high energy show in Glasgow, as warm up for their massive reunion show at Hyde Park next weekend. The band, Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, bass player Josh Hassall and drummer Gary Powell, played to a packed crowd at the Barrowlands, performing a greatest hits set from the band's turbulent time together.
Pete Doherty [L] and Carl Barat [R] performing as The Libertines at the Forum in 2010 [Photo: Getty images, credit: Ian Gavan]
Keeping on stage chat to a minimum, the Londoners ripped through a 25 song set which included just about every Libertines single. The band opened with the raucous 'Horrorshow,' before hurtling into 'Vertigo' and fan favorite 'What Became of the Likely Lads?'
Continue reading: The Libertines Reunite For Hits-Laden Hyde Park Warm Up In Glasgow
Arctic Monkeys singer welcomes news of Pete Doherty’s reunited group.
Alex Turner said he would ‘relish’ the opportunity to see the newly-reformed Libertines perform live - suggesting he might even ‘knock the dust off his old tunic’ in support of the indie icons. Both Turner and his fellow Arctic Monkey Matt Helders spoke about the cult band’s long-awaited reunion in an interview with NME.
As well as praising the Libertines’ 2002 debut Up The Bracket, the singer of the Brit Award-winning group describes the chance to see Pete Doherty and co perform as something he ‘would relish.’
Continue reading: Alex Turner To "Dust Off Tunic" For The Libertines Reunion Shows
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
Barat doesn't seem bothered...
Carl Barat has issued a pragmatic response to those opposing The Libertines’ comeback gig at Hyde Park in early July. “If people are concerned about noise they shouldn't have moved to Hyde Park,” he said.
This is what Libertines fans have been waiting years to see again
Barclaycard's British Summer Time gigs at Hyde Park on July 5th will see the iconic indie rock band perform their much anticipated comeback, but Mayfair residents have objected, specifically name checking Peter Doherty – the band’s controversial frontman – in their reasoning.
Continue reading: The Libertines' Hyde Park Gig Opposed By Hyde Park Residents
The Libertines could be set for a big summer show in Hyde Park.
The Libertines look set to reunite for a gig at Hyde Park, following a post on the band's official Facebook page. Singer Pete Doherty also gave a recent interview in which he said he planned to reunite the band as a way of coping with "financial problems."
The Libertines Performing at Leeds Festival in 2010
On Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the Libertines published a map of Hyde Park to their Facebook group, following media reports that the band were planning a high profile show in the capital. In a Hebrew-language interview last week, Doherty told YNet, "I don't know if I should tell you this, but the Libertines were offered a concert in Hyde Park this July.They called me just yesterday ... I said yes."
Continue reading: The Libertines To Reform For Big Money Hyde Park Show?
Amy Winehouse and The Libertines Wednesday 25th August 2010 Amy Winehouse appears a little worse for wear outside a pub in London after watching the newly reformed Libertines perform a gig at the nearby HMV Forum. She later headed to the afterparty at Malmaison where she stayed until 3am. London, England
The Libertines and Libertines - Carl Barat (formerly of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things), Sunday 24th May 2009 'Soccer Six' annual charity football tournament at Stamford Bridge football stadium
A collection of artwork by Pete Doherty featuring the singer's own blood is to go on sale in London next week.
The controversial Babyshambles frontman could make £500,000 from the sale of 14 paintings and several prints when his Bloodworks exhibition opens at Notting Hill's Bankrobber gallery on Tuesday May 15th.
Doherty's blood-spattered canvasses are expected to fetch £50,000 each, with the other works and prints priced at £20,000 and £1,000 each respectively.
Last month Doherty, 28, teamed up on stage with former Libertines bandmate Carl Barat at one of the singer's Hackney Empire gigs.
But his friend told the Sunday Mirror that does not think the Kate Moss' junkie lover "will ever change".
"I love Pete like a brother and I am working with him again," Barat said. "But he could end up dead in a few years if he doesn't sort himself out."
Continue reading: Pete Doherty's £500k Blood Paintings
Ex-Libertines band member and current Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty, has announced in an interview that he used to work as a prostitute and drug dealer before breaking onto the music scene.
Pete Doherty, formerly of the band The Libertines, chose to reveal his past experiences as a prostitute and drug dealer in order to fuel his various addictions. Before becoming famous with The Libertines and having enough money to fund his cocaine and heroin addictions, Doherty worked as a rent boy and, on at least one occasion, robbed one of his gay clients after tying him up in his Chelsea home.
While now working as frontman for the band Babyshambles (having been kicked out of The Libertines for allowing his addictions to escalate to the point where he appeared on stage intoxicated), Doherty admits that he used to hide bundles of cash in his fridge in order to set up drug deals.