March 14, 2011 12:53

Carl Barat: 'Why Pete Doherty and I put The Libertines on hold' The Libertines Tickets

Co-frontman confirms there will be no new Libs shows in 2011

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: The Libertines

Carl Barat has explained why he and Pete Doherty will not be getting The Libertines together for shows in the near future.

The band had been rumoured to be scheduling more gigs since their Reading And Leeds Festivals shows last August. Last month their management issued a statement saying no new shows were on the cards, and now Barat has elaborated on the reasons.

"Just to quell any speculation, there will not be any Libertines shows this summer," Barat wrote in an email message to fans. "As perfect as last year was, Peter and I have not written anything new together at this point."

He added: "We are all busy doing very different things separately. Truly moving as it was to play Reading, Leeds and the [warm-up shows at the London] Forum it would not be right to do this every year without new material as I'm sure most would agree."

He did, however, say he hoped there was some kind of future for The Libertines. "You never know though," he wrote, "some day I hope we'll write the next album."

Barat is now preparing to tour the UK solo this March and April. He has also announced plans for a free secret gig to take place in a London pub on March 21. He wrote that he will debut new material at the gig, which will have a capacity of 50 people.

"This little show will be recorded and form part of my new EP [released digitally on April 4] which will also feature the new studio tracks 'Grimaldi', 'Death Fires Burn At Night', 'Sing For My Supper' and 'This Is The Song'," he explained.

'Grimaldi' is likely to be a version of an unreleased Libertines song called 'The Ballad Of Grimaldi'. Doherty released his own version of the track in 2009, while a live version of the song by him is also included on a new benefit album, 'Raise The Bar', released via

The album has been released with the aim of helping save the London pub and music venue The Torriano from closure.

Read More On This Artist

Video: From The Archive: The Libertines Reunion

The Libertines Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £35

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £49

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £35

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £51

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £35

Buy The Libertines Tickets

from £41

back to top

More News
Radiohead's Philip Selway unveils sci-fi video for first track from new solo album
Jenny Lewis launches her own wine
The Gaslight Anthem perform for gym team in 'Rollin' And Tumblin'' video - watch
Arcade Fire cover Creedence Clearwater Revival live - watch
The Cribs reveal Ric Ocasek of The Cars will produce their new album
Damon Albarn and The Courteeners - tickets on sale 9am Friday (August 1)
The Libertines say they 'rehearsed for one hour' before Hyde Park gig in London
Lorde to curate 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack
Brian Eno compares Israel to 'the Klan' in strongly-worded letter about...
Noel Gallagher's daughter asks owners of Oasis-inspired dog kennel to stop breeding pedigrees
Lily Allen says Miley Cyrus' live show is 'up there with Oasis or the Stone Roses'
Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Ariel Pink recalls time he was maced in the face by 'a feminist'
BBC 6 Music overtakes Radio 3 for first time as 1Xtra falls below a million listeners
Justin Bieber posts picture of Orlando Bloom crying after Ibiza fight reports
Neon Jungle 'no comment' over claims they covered Banks song without artist's...
Lostprophets members could have been 'groomed' by Ian Watkins, says child abuse expert
Alt-Fest organisers are 'dealing with extremely challenging issues' amid cancellation...
Jamie T unveils five new songs on UK comeback tour
Foxygen announce 24-track new album, promising 'a gaggle of guest stars'
Kylie Minogue, Lulu and Deacon Blue to perform at Commonwealth Games closing ceremony
Beastie Boys' Mike D: 'Grunge was a death sentence to the rock that preceded it'

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today