With Pete Doherty in rehab, the band are forced to pull out...

This weekend’s anti-Nazi UNITY FESTIVAL has been cancelled as the fallout from the Libertines crisis continues.

The band were due to headline the Love Music Hate Racism event at London’s Hammersmith Apollo this Sunday (June 6). However, with co-frontman Pete Doherty in rehab in France, the event has been cancelled.

A statement from organisers Unite Against Fascism reads: “The reason for the cancellation is that the main headline act, Libertines, have had to pull out of Sunday’s show due to the ill-health of guitarist Peter Doherty. Until today the band and their management still felt that the band would be able to play.

“Unfortunately, Peter’s recovery from illness has not progressed as quickly as everyone expected, and the rest of the band are understandably unwilling to do any show without Peter at this difficult time.”

A separate statement from the band themselves reads: “Libertines have had to cancel due to Peter being in rehab in France. Peter is making great progress and will be home soon – the band continue to support Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism and will continue to do so, with other gigs in the near future.”

The event had been beleaguered from the outset, originally planned as an outdoor festival in Finsbury Park. However, when police insisted that a metal fence be erected around the perimeter, the prospect became too expensive and was moved indoors to Hammersmith.

Organisers reinforced the message of LMHR: “Unite and LMHR urge everybody to do all they can to prevent the election of fascist BNP MEPs or local councillors/GLA members in the elections on Thursday 10 June. Use your vote, if you have one, to vote for any candidate other than a BNP one. If you aren’t yet able to vote, get involved in what Unite is doing in your local area – leaflet your local area, school or workplace, join activists petitioning and touring areas warning of the BNP threat.”