Published Apr 25, 2014Back in 2010, British rock outfit the Libertines reunited for a couple of festival gigs, but they've since fallen back into dormancy. Now, they've announced plans to reform yet again.
Currently, the band are scheduled for a one-off appearance at the British Summer Time festival, which takes place in London, UK's Hyde Park on July 5. The bill is rounded out by the Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and more.
The festival's lineup announcement confirms rumours that the group would be playing live this summer. Singer Pete Doherty recently told Israeli publication Ynet [translated via NME] that they would be appearing in Hyde Park this year, and he admitted that the reunion was sparked by a mixture of nostalgia and money.
He said, "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."
It's been a decade since the Libertines were fully active, with them initially breaking up in 2004 (the same year they released their eponymous second album). It's currently unknown whether they will pursue the reunion further or if this will remain a one-off.
Since then, Doherty has led his band Babyshambles, co-frontman Carl Barât has played in Dirty Pretty Things and the Jackals, bassist John Hassall founded Yeti, and drummer Gary Powell was also in Dirty Pretty Things and various other projects.