The band say they "can't wait" to reschedule the dates...

Libertines have cancelled their European tour due to “illness”.

The group, who were due to go out into mainland Europe for shows throughout March, pulled the gigs on the eve of their opening show in Hamburg (February 27).

A statement reads: “Libertines have had to cancel their European tour, due to illness. On the afternoon of Thursday 27th February in Hamburg vocalist and guitarist Carl Barât was diagnosed by a doctor as having bronchial pneumonia and ordered not to perform and to cancel the rest of the European tour.

“Libertines are absolutely devastated and apologise to all their fans for the cancellation. All efforts have been made to complete the tour, however, the band have been advised that further strain on Barât’s voice could well cause permanent damage.”

Carl added. ‘We had just completed a sell-out tour in the UK and were very excited about returning to Germany and France. I had been feeling ill for the last week and by the time we arrived in Hamburg I couldn’t talk. I am very sorry for the people who were coming to see us and for everyone working on the tour. I can’t wait to reschedule the dates.”

Refunds will be available from the point of purchase. The band plan to reschedule all shows in the near future.