Fans of the Libertines are used to false dawns. The band, led by volatile frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barât, have a history of high-profile break-ups and make-ups.
Doherty was kicked out of the Libertines in 2003 for breaking into Barât's flat. The pair temporarily patched things up after Doherty's jail sentence, playing a series of gigs that culminated in a riotous tour the following year but, by the end of 2004, the Libertines were no longer a coherent unit. As Doherty's drug addictions spiralled out of control, the band members went their separate ways.
They reunited for a headline slot at the Reading and Leeds festival in 2010 but it wasn't long before talks of a full-time reunion were quashed, with Doherty scarpering back to Paris to pursue an acting career.
Opportunities to see the band, therefore, are limited and news last week that they had agreed to play together at Hyde Park on July 5 as part of Barclaycard British Summer Time was greeted with frenzied anticipation and a high demand for tickets to match.
General admission: £55
Barclaycard Summer Garden: £150
At 9am this morning (Wednesday April 30), pre-sale tickets become available via the official British Summer Time website, but you must register first.
At 9am on Friday May 2, tickets go on general sale.
Other bands supporting the Libertines:
Reverend and The Makers
I Am Kloot
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