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Carl Barât retrieves stolen guitars thanks to “net detective friends”

"Blissed out to hold these guys again"

By Hollie Geraghty

Carl Barât poses in the middle of two guitars on a stage
Carl Barât's guitars were stolen in May (Picture: Twitter).

Carl Barât has been reunited with his guitars after they were stolen ahead of Dirty Pretty Things rehearsals in May.

The Libertines co-frontman appealed for the return of his guitars on May 18, asking on social media for 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.”

Yesterday (June 30), Barât posted a photo on social media that revealed he had finally recovered the guitars, suggesting that he was helped by fans.

“Blissed out to hold these guys again. Thank you to all my beloved net detective friends,” he wrote. On Instagram, he added the hastags “#netdetectives #dontf**kwithbarats #cyberdinesystems #sherlockgnomes”.

Last week, The Libertines performed on The Other Stage at Glastonbury, paying tribute to Ukraine.

Earlier this year, the band also 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, Barât 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). Tickets can be purchased here.

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 in October.

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

Doherty also recently confirmed in an interview with The Guardian that they are planning to working on their new album in Jamaica.