Carl Barât issues appeal after his guitars are stolen ahead of Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals

"These guitars hold an unfathomable amount of sentimental value"

Carl Barât has issued an appeal after two of his guitars were stolen ahead of a rehearsal with Dirty Pretty Things.

The Libertines man took to Twitter today (May 18) to share photos of the two instruments and ask fans to keep an eye out and “spread the word”. His appeal was also shared on The Libertines’ account.

“In the early hours of this morning, two of Carl’s most treasured guitars were stolen in the Homerton area of London, as Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals were about to commence,” a statement on his account reads.


“These guitars hold an unfathomable amount of sentimental value so any news on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated, the police have already been informed. Please spread the word and DM if you have any info.”

Dirty Pretty Things are due to perform a show at London’s Electric Ballroom next week to mark the 15th anniversary of their debut album ‘Waterloo To Anywhere’ (2006). The show was originally scheduled to go ahead on March 24, but was postponed due to the COVID pandemic.

All tickets purchased for the original dates remain valid, and you can purchase any remaining tickets here.

The Libertines, meanwhile, are due to play six dates over the summer to mark the 20th anniversary of their seminal debut studio album, ‘Up The Bracket’ (2002). Tickets for the shows are available here.

Back in January, Pete Doherty gave NME an update on The Libertines’ long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’. When he last spoke about the new material back in 2019, he said it had an eclectic mix of styles in the same vein as The Clash’s ‘Sandinista’.


“That’s still the format that we’re talking about,” Doherty said of the record. “At the end of the tour we did that ended last month, everyone was really upbeat by the fact that we were all still alive after the various quarantines and [bassist] John [Hassle] coming and going. We were all really upbeat about the future, so I don’t know how or when it’s going to happen but I think it will.

“‘Sandinista’ still encapsulates it because there are still a lot of ideas. It’s just about getting everyone in a room and getting on with it.”

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