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Pete Doherty announces 2023 UK and Ireland solo tour

The 'Battered SongBook' gigs will take fans on 'an unforgettable ride into his strange and fascinating world'

By Tom Skinner

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty. CREDIT: Press

Pete Doherty has announced a UK and Ireland acoustic solo tour for this spring – see all the details below.

The Libertines frontman will head out on the road this April, with the first show of his ‘Battered SongBook Tour’ due to take place at Belfast’s Limelight 2.

Further dates are scheduled for cities such as Dublin, Cork, Glasgow, Newcastle, Hull, Norwich, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Oxford and Sheffield.

Doherty is set to finish the run with a headline performance at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday, May 5.

An official statement reads: “Peter promises to take audiences on an unforgettable ride into his strange and fascinating world where nothing is as it seems and life itself is an intense euphoric dream.”

The setlist will incorporate material by The Libertines, Babyshambles and from Doherty’s solo projects. It’s said that some of the singer-songwriter’s friends are expected to join him throughout the tour, as well as various special guests.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am GMT this Friday (February 24) – you’ll be able to purchase yours here. Check out the announcement post and full itinerary below.

Last year saw Doherty team up with French musician Frédéric Lo to release a collaborative album called The Fantasy Life of Poetry & Crime. The duo toured the UK and Europe in support of the record in May.

Meanwhile, The Libertines played their debut album Up The Bracket in full at a series of special 20th anniversary gigs in 2022. The group also appeared at Glastonbury last summer, where they opened the Other Stage by paying tribute to the people of Ukraine.

Last December, the Libs gave an update on the status of their upcoming fourth album. “We put a few new songs together, me and Carl [Barât],” Doherty told NME.  “Now the four of us just have to learn and play them, and write a few more.”

Barât added: “Sonically, we want to do something we haven’t done before… I think we’ll be looking to do something with a different energy than before. But we’re not at that stage yet.”

The Libertines’ third and most recent studio record, Anthems for Doomed Youth, came out back in 2015.