Financial Problems, Nostalgia Spark Libertines Reunion

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.25.14 in News

As suggested by the shot of Hyde Park that they shared earlier this week, The Libertines have confirmed their first show in four years. Set to happen on July 5 as part of the park’s summer concert series, the one-off date will be supported by The Pogues, Maximo Park, Spiritualized and more. (The event is basically a day-long festival, with acts spread across three stages.)

Pete Doherty first revealed the reunion in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Ynet, saying, “Not long ago I listened to the Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldn’t say no, at least not in my state right now. I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, I’m in debt. It’s very complicated for me to say no right now, I have financial problems.”

Doherty was last heard on Sequel to the Prequel, the third album from his post-Libertines band Babyshambles. Meanwhile, his main partner-in-crime, Carl Barât, has kept himself busy with a solo album that reportedly features Johnny Marr, former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows and Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt. A date hasn’t been set for that release, although Barat posted a Facebook update on its progress earlier this year:

My dearest friends on Facebook

Thought I’d drop you a line as it’s been a while. I’ve been working on this new album, you see. For the last month, when not touring, I’ve worked every hour god sent, in the dust bowl of the San Fernando valley with the excellent Mr Joby Ford (of ‘Bronx’ and ‘Mariachi el Bronx’ notoriety) on my new album, with which I am so far, delighted. It would seem that my relationship with my guitar is all patched up and further reinforced like what tends to happen with broken bones.

I am currently listening to mixes and becoming increasingly excited about this one…

Apart from a couple of nights on the town and a nasty incident with some bedbugs I didn’t leave the studio, but we had a couple of friends drop by to play some things, including Mr Andrew Wyatt and Fredo from Beastie Boys. I’m getting artwork together as we speak and finalising this and that. More than glad to be home tho.

See you all very soon indeed and I hope this finds you well. Don’t leave it so long next time. Carl

Have a look at the Libertines’s last sporadic show (2010′s Reading and Leeds festivals) below…