Pete Doherty has said that The Libertines are “getting on better than we ever did” ahead of the band’s sold out show at London’s Hyde Park tomorrow (July 5).
The group will headline the 60,000 capacity London park as part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time series.
“We’re getting on better than we ever did. Even back in the day,” Doherty tells NME. “The Libertines, in order for us to do it, it means you put everything else at risk, basically.”
He continues: “I always use words like, ‘Oh it’s unfathomably great’ or ‘unspeakably great’ but ‘unspeakably great’ would be the correct adjective now.”
Last weekend (June 28), The Libertines reunited to play their first gig together in four years, taking to the stage at Glasgow Barrowland to play a 25-song set as a warm-up for tomorrow night.
“I was terrified,” Carl Barat said of the show. “But in a good way. It’s that classic irony of The Libertines and my life in general – you’re doing the thing you want to do, but you’re in your own personal hell! That seems to be the way.”
Make sure you pick up next week’s issue of NME, out July 9 on newsstands and available digitally, for an exclusive interview with The Libertines talking about what the future holds for the band, plus the definitive verdict on their comeback shows.
After Hyde Park, The Libertines headline Benicassim festival on July 19, before going on their first tour of mainland Europe since 2004 in September.
The Libertines will play:
London Hyde Park British Summertime (July 5)
Lisbon Optimus Alive festival (12)
Benicàssim Festival (19)
Paris Zenith (September 30)
Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall (October 2)
Brussels FN Club (3)
Berlin Columbiahalle (4)
Dusseldorf Mitsubishi Electric Halle (5)
To check the availability of The Libertines tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS.