Pete Doherty suffered ‘serious anxiety attack’ before postponing London and Manchester gigs

The Libertines pulled out of two gigs last week following medical emergency

The Libertines cancelled a series of live dates last week after Pete Doherty suffered a serious anxiety attack, it has been revealed.

Doherty failed to show at the band’s scheduled gig in London on Thursday night (September 10). The gig was called off two hours after the band were due on stage with a gig in Manchester the following night subsequently postponed and an appearance on BBC Radio 1 also axed.

In a new band statement published today Albion Rooms (September 14), the nature of Doherty’s medical emergency is explained.

“Peter suffered a serious anxiety attack during the hours leading up to the scheduled performance at the Electric Ballroom last Thursday,” the statement reads. “The ideal coping mechanism in this situation is to lock yourself away from the source of the anxiety and in this case he headed to a hotel near Coventry in the early hours of Friday morning, in order that he be close to friends in his support network.

“The decision to cancel the show in Manchester did not come from Peter it was made by management, who felt it important to ensure Peter’s welfare is a priority in line with any other ongoing treatment. Obviously the time away from the spotlight enabled the band to meet their existing commitment in Berlin and the Albion sails on course….

“Look out for an announcement very soon regarding the rescheduled dates as The Libertines are keen to make it up to anyone who felt disappointed.”

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Meanwhile, Doherty’s counsellor Dylan Kerr also offered some words on the nature of Doherty’s anxiety.

He stated: “Anxiety is notoriously subtle and greatly prejudiced against and sometimes there are no obvious outward signs at all. It’s purely a psychological experience and the person must do whatever is necessary to arrest those feelings. It is a good thing that Peter is trying to live a normal life, as these are the reactions to stress that you’re taught to use in rehab – rather than shutting yourself away. Avoid the stress and resume some normality.

“Anxiety is a condition affecting many thousands of people in the country. It is often not discussed or hidden by the sufferer for fear of stigmatisation and indeed the condition makes the victim hide away which worsens the condition. However with time it can be manageable to a certain extent and there are many wonderful organisations which can provide help and advice on the subject such as MIND.”

The Libertines released their new album, ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’, last week (September 11).