Pete Doherty and Carl Barât will reunite their band The Libertines to perform a one-off show in Hyde Park this summer. The gig will be part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time concerts scheduled to take place in London on 5 July. It’s news that fans of The Libertines have waited to hear since their last temporary reunion in 2010, when they played Leeds and Reading Festival.
Doherty, pictured here performing with his band 'Babyshambles', will perform with The Libertines this summer
The band, formed in 1997, initially split in 2004 as a result of issues between band members, allegedly due to Doherty’s addiction to heroin and crack cocaine. The news of the reunion was revealed by Doherty in an interview with Israeli newspaper Ynet: “I don’t know if Im supposed to even tell you this, but we were offered [the chance] to reform The Libertines for a show this July in Hyde Park…I said yes. The thing is when I think about it now, it was kind of a strange answer because I think in most days if you asked me the same question I would say no, but recently I tried to call Carl [Barât] and couldn’t reach him.”
Barat and Doherty formed The Libertines in 1997
Barât himself has indicated that a band reunion is “very much a possibility”.
Barât and Doherty were frontmen in the band and will be joined by bass player John Hassall and drummer Gary Powell.