The Libertines

Why the Bataclan was right to reopen

No one can forget the horrific events that happened in Paris last November, nor should we. But with the re-opening of the Bataclan, there was a glimmer of hope – a resounding message that our collective voice cannot be quelled 

Pete Doherty plans spell in rehab

Libertines star Pete Doherty said he has “a long way to go” before he gets off drugs but is planning to enter rehab later this month. .

Carl Barât, Koko, London

Carl Barât's talent has often been superseded by his fame. His combustible relationship with the ever-newsworthy Pete Doherty is well-documented, and rumours continue to swirl about a possible Libertines reunion. Yet in the midst of the headlines, Barât has formed one half of the last decade's most memorable songwriting partnerships and fronted two of its more popular indie bands. Now, standing centre stage at Koko, the limelight shines solely on him, but what's unclear is how happy he is to embrace it alone.

The ten most successful solo projects

Former Libertine Carl Barat has decided to forge a career for himself as solo artist with a new stripped-down sound. Will it work out for him? Perhaps in hope rather than expectation, we take a look at some of the more successful musical spin-off projects.

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Why are so many pop stars turning lecturer?

The days when pop stars just sang are over. Never mind Will Young on Question Time – musicians today are likely to be lecturing at a podium near you. Elisa Bray samples their wisdom

First Impressions: The Libertines, Fibbers, York (2002)

If Simon Schama ever gets around to making The History of British Pop, he could do worse than call on The Libertines for period battle scenes from the Rock Wars. Everything here's a re-enactment, a reconstruction. You pick a year – 1964 (Mod), 1979 (Mod Revival), 1993 (New Wave of New Wave), 1995 (Britpop) – and these are the boys for the job.