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Carl Barât appeals for stolen guitars ahead of Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals

The artist said that the guitars hold "an unfathomable amount of sentimental value"

By Hollie Geraghty

Carl Barat wears a hat, black leather jacket and plays guitar on stage
Carl Barât performs with The Libertines in 2016 (Picture Wikimedia/Thesupermat).

Carl Barât has issued an appeal for two of his guitars after they were stolen ahead of Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals.

Posting to Twitter today (May 18), The Libertines co-frontman shared the appeal asking fans to “spread the word”.

“In the early hours of this morning, two of Carl’s most treasured guitars were stolen in the Homerton area of London, as Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals were about to commence,” the post said, shared with four pictures of the guitars.

“These guitars hold an unfathomable amount of sentimental value so any news on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated, the police have already been informed. Please spread the word and DM if you have any info x.”

The post was reshared on The Libertines Twitter with the caption: “PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN x.”

Dirty Pretty Things are set to perform at London’s Electric Ballroom on May 26, rescheduled from the original March 24 date.

The show will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut album ‘Waterloo To Anywhere’. Tickets can be purchased here.

Earlier this year, The Libertines announced their ‘Up The Bracket’ anniversary show at Wembley Arena to celebrate 20 years of their debut album of the same name. It followed the announcement of details of four anniversary shows celebrating the album this summer.

Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and co. will headline Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 23, promising a set including ‘Up The Bracket’ in full “plus other classics”.

Across July and August, the band will also play three massive outdoor gigs at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl (July 1), Hatfield House in Hertfordshire (July 22) and Bute Park in Cardiff (August 5).

The summer dates follow a current UK tour they are on, labelled the ‘Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour’. They are due to play in Bristol on June 30, rounding up in Edinburgh on August 8.

Find The Libertines’ full 2022 touring itinerary for ‘Up The Bracket’ below.

JULY 2022
1 – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl (with Sports Team)
22 – Hatfield, Hatfield House (with Supergrass)

5 – Cardiff, Bute Park (with Sports Team)
8 – Edinburgh, O2 Academy

The Libertines’ drummer Gary Powell also recently offered an update on the band’s anticipated next album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’. 

“Recording is going slowly, but methodically, we know we can’t re-invent the wheel regarding our musical creativity,” Powell told Rolling Stone UK.

“We are trying new ways of approaching writing and hopefully new sonic variants that will entice a new audience without disenfranchising our old one.”