Pete Doherty: ‘Libertines will play festivals in 2010’

Babyshambles man outlines plan for next summer

Pete Doherty has confirmed his plan to reform The Libertines to play UK festivals in 2010.

The Babyshambles frontman told NME.COM that he had already convinced former bandmates John Hassall [bass] and Gary Powell [drums] to reunite for gigs, and that as soon as Carl Barat agreed, dates would be finalised.

Barat had previously told NME.COM that he and Doherty had “left it as next year” in terms of Libertines plans.

“It’s going to happen [The Libertines playing festivals], you know,” Doherty said. “I spoke to John Hassall, he’s well up for it.” Referring to Powell, he added, “He said he would [play the shows].”

Doherty went on to joke that he was so desperate to play the festival shows he would even consider hiring a Carl Barat lookalike to stand in if the real one wouldn’t sign up.

“Maybe I could reform The Libertines without him, like he did without me [Barat played Libertines shows without him in 2004 when Doherty was kicked out of the band for drug use],” he said. “I’ll put an advert in NME: ‘Carlos lookalike required’.”

Pete Doherty is set to play at the V Festival this weekend (August 22-23) as a solo artist.

To read the full feature interview with the singer/guitarist, in which he discusses his V Festival plans and how he plans to take on The Killers and OasisLiam Gallagher, get the new issue of NME, out today (August 19).