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The Libertines are an English rock band, formed in London in 1997 by frontmen Carl Barat (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty (vocals/guitar). The band, centred on the songwriting partnership of Barat and Doherty, also included John Hassall (bass) and Gary Powell (drums) for most of its recording career. The band was part of the garage rock revival and spearheaded the movement in the UK.

The band gained some notoriety in the early 2000s. Although their mainstream success was initially limited, their profile soon grew, culminating in a No. 2 single and No. 1 album on the UK Charts. In December 2004, their self-titled second album was voted the second best album of the year by NME magazine. Both of their full-length LPs were produced by Mick Jones, of the British punk band The Clash.

In spite of their critical success as well as decent commercial success, the band's music was often eclipsed by its internal conflicts, stemming from Doherty's addictions to crack cocaine and heroin, which eventually led to the breakup of the band. Doherty has since stated that the breakup of the band was due to relationship difficulties between Barat and himself that were not related to his drug addictions. The members of The Libertines went on to form new bands with varying degrees of commercial and critical success.

In August 2010, the four members of The Libertines reunited to play a series of shows, including slots at the 2010 Reading and Leeds Festivals. The reunion shows received a highly positive response from the press and fans.

In April 2014, The Libertines announced they would again reform for a show at London's Barclaycard presents British Summertime Hyde Park. They have also announced a European tour, their first in 10 years, and are planning to release a third studio album in 2015.

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The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London

The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London

Carl Barat reveals lack of preparation prior to British Summer Time event earlier this month

  • Jul 31, 2014

The Libertines say they plan to do a 'different' release with new material

The band were speaking at Benicàssim Festival over the weekend

  • Jul 21, 2014

The Libertines confirm they will play new material at Alexandra Palace shows

They band made the claim at Benicàssim Festival

  • Jul 20, 2014

The Libertines' Gary Powell: 'We would all love to do some new material'

Drummer says that he wants to make sure 'everything is right in the world' before making third album

  • Jul 15, 2014

The Libertines play first mainland Europe show in over a decade at Lisbon's Nos Alive festival

The band headed up the final day of the Portuguese festival last night (July 12)

  • Jul 13, 2014

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  • Oct 19, 2007

The Libertines: The Libertines

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  • Sep 12, 2005

The Libertines : Up The Bracket

...an unholy row a million times better than 'What A Waster'...

  • Sep 12, 2005

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