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All gigs in June are off…

Libertines have pulled out of a selection of UK festival appearances in the wake of PETE DOHERTY’s trip to THAILAND for rehab.

The guitarist walked out of the Priory earlier this week, and on Monday (June 7) played his final show with the band before jetting East for treatment. Pete will undergo a rigorous course of rehab at the Thamkrabok Monastery.

The band have issued a statement saying that festivals in June will now not take place, although they plan to return to playing live in July and August.

The statement reads: “Libertines have cancelled appearances at London’s Meltdown, The Isle Of Wight Festival and the Glastonbury Festival due to the illness of vocalist/guitarist Peter Doherty, who is now recuperating in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

“Libertines apologise to all their fans for the cancellation and hope they understand the exceptional reasons for cancelling.”

Carl Barat said: “John, Gary and myself felt that we should not continue with these shows in order to show support for Peter whilst he is recuperating. It has obviously been a very painful period for the band and we wish Peter better more than anything. His health comes first.”

The band plan to continue with their other festival appearances in July and August, at T In The Park, Oxegen and the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Drummer Gary Powell will still appear with the New York Dolls at their two Meltdown appearances at the London Royal Festival Hall on June 16 and 18.

The Monastery Pete’s visiting claim to provide one of the most successful detoxification and rehabilitation programs in the world, having treated over 100,000 patients since its inception in 1958.

Writing online, the band’s manager Alan McGee said: “We flew Peter to Thailand last night. To be honest his mum, Carlos and myself can’t believe he did it but he (is) a man of many surprises. If he’s going to get clean permanently anywhere it’s in this place.

“We kept him at The Priory under a different name this last week to avoid people staring at his recovery but deep down we knew he wasn’t buying. We cleaned him up as best we could and he (of) his own accord agreed to go off to Thailand.

“What happens to the group in the long term who knows as in any event the man we sent out there will come back a different man. He wanted to change and has done something about it. All we ask of you people is keep the faith in Peter Doherty and Libertines.

“Carlos last night told me Peter’s health comes before the band and again you have to love the man left in the UK. The (tabloid press) will no doubt be all on our case today but to say we all jumped for joy last night when his escort texted me and said we are on the plane and all systems are go would be the understatement of this year.

“The man may be away for a month, he may even reject the west and not return. Who knows. All I hope for is he kills his demons and gets better and finds a happy life in Libertines or in Thailand or wherever happiness lies for him. To be honest his health is the most important thing to everyone involved.”