The Libertines 2019 UK tour dates: The Boys in the Band are back
The Libertines are back on the road and in the studio, with Pete Doherty and Carl Barât joining the recently announced 2019 UK tour as well as the upcoming fourth album.
The noughties British indie band is also finishing work on their new Margate hotel, The Albion Rooms — freeing up room in their schedules for some more of the garage rock they are (in)famous for.
Much like Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis, the band is almost as known for its infighting as it is for its hits like “What a Waster”, “Death On the Stairs” and “Can’t Stand Me Now”. The relationship between Doherty and Barât has historically been passionate, rapidly oscillating from affection to aggression. The fighting was fuelled by the former’s substance abuse issues, ultimately leading to him being kicked out of the band in 2004.
Now, 15 years later, it seems bygones will be bygones. The Libertines have announced they will be embarking on a 2019 tour that will take them across Europe and the UK. Can’t wait for their upcoming concert dates?
Don’t look back into the sun — look forward to The Libertines 2019 UK tour with everything you need to know before you go below.
- Founded: London, 1997
- Current members: Carl Barât (guitar, vocals), Pete Doherty (guitar, vocals), John Hassall (bass), Gary Powell (drums)
- Number of albums: 3
- Musical style: Garage rock
What are the The Libertines’ 2019 tour dates?
The Libertines will be on tour from October through December 2019, taking them to France, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands before arriving back in the UK for nine shows. The last time the band played together was earlier this August, headlining the Coombe Weekender festival in Coventry.
The Libertines European tour dates
- 27 October — Paris Olympia, Paris
- 2 November — Carlswerk Victoria, Cologne
- 4 November — TonHalle München, Munich
- 5 November — Columbiahalle, Berlin
- 17 November — Den Atelier, Luxembourg City
- 18 November — Cirque Royale, Brussels
- 20 November — Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht
- 21 November — Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht
The Libertines UK tour dates
- 3 December — O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth
- 4 December — O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds
- 6 December — Caird Hall, Dundee
- 7 December — Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
- 10 December — O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
- 12 December — Rock City, Nottingham
- 14 December — O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham
- 16 December — O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
- 18 December — O2 Academy Brixton, London
Tickets are available for purchase on Ticketmaster, though many shows have already sold out. Can’t find the concert you’re looking for? Try StubHub.
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When is The Libertines’ fourth album coming out?
While The Libertines have yet to set a precise release date for their fourth record, the band has been heavily hinting at it. The last time the group released a studio album was 2015’s Anthems for Doomed Youth, which reached No. 3 on the UK Albums Charts and produced the singles "Gunga Din”, "Glasgow Coma Scale Blues” and "Heart of the Matter”.
According to frontman Carl Barât, the four-piece have begun writing songs for their fourth album. NME quotes him as saying, “We’ve been down and done a few writing sessions already. But we’re going to sort of bed in and do something a bit less control freak this time, rather doing lots and compiling and seeing what’s working and what isn’t. But there will be quite a few stories around the corner I think.”
The Libertines have been busy working on solo projects like Barât’s other band, The Jackals, as well as a mysterious new project called The Heartless. The former Dirty Pretty Things frontman took to his Instagram on 28 May with a casting call seeking a male bassist, guitarist and drummer as well as a front woman, all of whom “Must be able to play and act”.
Meanwhile, ex-Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty has been working on his own solo project: Pete Doherty and The Puta Madres. The band released their self-titled debut album on 26 April 2019, supported with the singles "Who's Been Having You Over” and "Paradise is Under Your Nose”. They have spent much of the year also touring festivals in the UK and around the world.
Of The Puta Madres, Doherty tells NME, “It’s more of a covert operation than The Libertines. The Puta Madres is an everyday expression for me. Not that I can’t be myself with The Libertines, but with Carl [Barât] now there has to be give and take. He’s willing to put up with me on certain conditions. I know he loves me, but he doesn’t accept me for who I am, really.”
When does The Albion Rooms hotel open?
Beyond their solo musical projects, The Libertines have been busy building a hotel — complete with its own recording studio. Christened ‘The Albion Rooms’, the 10-room, five-storey establishment will serve as the band’s headquarters in their adopted home of Margate, Kent. A post on the hotel’s Instagram account on 27 June would seem to indicate it is still under construction.
Speaking to NME, he says, “[The Albion Rooms are] never going to be hipster because you’ve got that smell that the sea gives out twice a day. That’s why Margate will never be gentrified.”
He continues, “What we got in Margate was something that we would have got in London 40 years ago or something. It’s an incredible building. We’ve got all kinds of extraordinary things going on there. We’ve got ghosts, we got underground tunnels, we got metal fire escapes going down the back, we got planning permission, we got book cases that we didn’t even know but they spin round.”
The Albion Rooms’ bar, aptly titled ‘The Waste Land’, will open on 16 August 2019 according to the band’s website. The hotel rooms and recording studio won’t be accessible until the end of the year, however. That said, if you need a place to rest your head in Margate, Doherty won’t turn you away.
He tells NME, “The hotel doors, in theory, are open,” he continued. “If you want to book a room then we can discuss that. We’ve had people turn up. The other day I was on my own, these people turned up and said they had nowhere to go for the night, we came to some arrangement, they spent the night there. They were very clean and I think I handled the whole thing quite well.”