Residents think Pete Doherty will bring nuisance to the area
The band are set to play as part of Barclaycard’s British Summer Time gigs on July 5, it was announced yesterday. The show will mark their biggest ever and their first since headlining Reading & Leeds festivals in 2010.
But residents surrounding the Royal Park are not happy with the booking, objecting to Pete Doherty’s presence in the area and fearing curfew times will be disregarded. The number of gigs held in Hyde Park has been cut from 13 a year to nine after residents complained about noise and nuisance.
Anthony Lorenz, chairman of the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James’s, said: “We can’t be supportive of this show for obvious reasons. We’ve had meetings over the noise levels and volume controls from the Hyde Park concerts and they have been under control recently. But we can’t be supportive of this sort of individual [Doherty]. Together with the Ozzy Osbourne concert the day before, it’s the last thing we need in the middle of Mayfair.”
Co-frontman Carl Barât told the newspaper that the band weren’t concerned about the curfew, saying: “I’m not worried about us coming on late. If people are concerned about noise they shouldn’t have moved to Hyde Park. I hope we don’t break the curfew but we’ll see on the night.”
Tickets for The Libertines at British Summertime are priced from £55 and go onsale from 9am on Friday, May 2. To check the availability of British Summer Time tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS.