The Libertines hoping for record deal
- Bang Showbiz
- 28 May 2014
This article is from 2014.
The Libertines are hoping to secure a new record deal after their reunion gig at London's Hyde Park after hinting at plans to record new material
The Libertines are hoping to secure a new record deal after their reunion gig at London's Hyde Park.
The 'Can't Stand Me Now' band - made up of Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, Gary Powell and John Hassall - are hoping a new contract will help boost their comeback.
The indie band have confirmed they will reunite for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 5, supported by Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park and The Enemy, and have hinted that they would like to record new material and work on unfinished songs after the gig.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "They are touting themselves around labels to sign a deal on the back of the show."
The Libertines formed in 1997 and were originally signed to Rough Trade before they split in 2004, after their success was often eclipsed by singer Pete's addictions to crack cocaine and heroin.
The band later reformed in 2010 for massive reunion shows at Leeds and Reading Festivals and four years later they look set for another big comeback.
Co-frontman Carl admits the reunion isn't without risks, telling NME magazine: "For me, the right reasons are, can we do it? Do people want to do it? Would it be a good thing to do? And I don't f***ing know. I'm not saying for a second that it's without a colossal risk, doing this."
Meanwhile, Carl has also formed a new band, The Jackals, and plans to continue work with the group as well as focusing on The Libertines, while sources say Pete has also been working on a new solo album.
The Libertines have announced they will be playing at Glasgow Barrowland on Sunday, June 29 as a warm-up for their show at Hyde Park and The Benicassim Festival in Spain on July 19.