Barât stays solo for now

Carl Bar�t comes to the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday
Carl Bar�t comes to the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday
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If you were hanging on in the hope of seeing The Libertines reunited again this summer, don’t hold your breath.

When co-frontman Carl Barât spoke to The Guide earlier this month, he quashed rumours that he and his old bandmate Pete Doherty would be playing together again any time soon.

It had been reported that the pair would appear at Glastonbury Festival this June, following their headline-grabbing appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals last August. But Barât told us that they will ‘almost definitely not’ be there together.

However, there’s a chance to see the Libertines and ex-Dirty Pretty Things frontman at the Wedgewood Rooms next week. Tickets are still available for his show on Wednesday.

The date was rescheduled from February after Carl postponed his early tour dates after the birth of his son, Eli.

‘Fatherhood threw up a few surprises I’d not really pre-empted,’ he explained.

It is the Hampshire-born singer and guitarist’s second road trip with his self-titled debut solo album.

‘I always love touring. Playing live gets eclipsed by everything else, but that is the essence of what we do,’ says Carl.

He adds: ‘I always knew in my soul that this album was the truth and I genuinely love this record.

‘I’ve never said that about a record I’ve made.’

Support on Wednesday comes from Foreign Office and doors open at 8pm.

Original tickets remain valid or cost £14 from (023) 9286 3911 or