Fans of The Libertines got their Easter “miracle” this holiday weekend when it appeared that the impossible was more possible than ever before; the band are seemingly set to reunite.

Troubled troubadour and joint Libertines frontman, Pete Doherty claimed in an interview that he had been approached with a lucrative offer to reform the band and play live, but had yet to ask the other band members and an image of Hyde Park in London was later posted on the band’s Facebook page, fuelling rumours The Libertines would play a gig there this summer.

Headed by Doherty and Carl Barat, The Libertines formed in 1997 and sparked a post punk revival with debut album, “Up The Bracket” (2002) and self-titled, follow up, “The Libertines” (2004) and sound-tracked indie discos across the country with hits, “Time For Heroes”, “Can’t Stand Me Now” and “Don’t Look Back Into The Sun”.

Doherty’s increased drug use threatened both his future with the band and his friendship with Barat; The Libertines played their last gig together in Paris in December 2004 without Doherty and dissolved soon afterwards.  

Pete Doherty went on to form Babyshambles and enjoy commerical success, particularly with second studio album, “Shotter’s Nation” while Carl Barat formed Dirty Pretty Things; both singers also released solo albums. 

The Libertines reformed in 2010 for The Reading/Leeds Festival fuelling hope that the band would tour, but nothing materialised in the way of recording or playing live together following their festival slot. Their initial reunion, rehearsals and Reading/Leeds performance was filmed by Roger Sargent for feature-length documentary, “There Are No Innocent Bystanders” and released to limited cinemas across the UK in 2012.

Carl Barat added fuel to the 2014 reunion fire when it emerged earlier today that he cited a reunion as “very much a possibility” before adding, “keep the 5th of July free”. The impossible may prove possible in London this summer.

 

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