Pete Doherty set to play Mandela Hall

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FOLLOWING sold-out Belfast and Dublin shows last year, and the highly successful and long awaited Libertines reunion last year, Pete Doherty brings his acclaimed solo show back to Ireland this summer for two very special shows.

The singer songwriter will play Bank Holiday Weekend at Mandela Hall, Belfast on Sunday May 29.

Tickets for the Belfast show at Mandela Hall are £21 plus booking fee and are on sale this Friday January 28 from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online from www.ticketmaster.ie.

Think you know Pete Doherty? Think again. Vilified by the world’s press and written off at every turn, Pete Doherty finds himself constantly at the centre of a media maelstrom, a frenzy that bombards his private life with allegations, accusations, invasions and intrusions. They say that it’s calmest in the eye of the hurricane, and that’s where you’ll find Pete; coolly strumming his guitar while the storm around him carries him ever closer to Arcadia.

That quest for utopia still propels Pete in everything he does. It started with The Libertines - Pete ‘n’ Carl on the good ship Albion, sailing devotedly through a life with no restrictions, where “if you’ve lost your faith in love and music then the end won’t be long”.

Millions joined the adventure - spellbound, enraptured and completely won over by the idealism of an enterprise so impulsive and exciting that it changed the course of British music at the turn of the new millennium. London was radiant in the splendour of The Libertines’ reign, and Pete Doherty was the people’s poet.

With Babyshambles, Pete Doherty was free to test the limits of his creativity. His band - sometimes capricious, always electrifying - swagger through styles and sounds to create the perfect blend of organised chaos as a backdrop to Pete’s studied lyrics; the distillation of his thirst for poetry and literature.

With two albums, Babyshambles defied their critics to become everything that rock and roll in the 21st Century should be: dangerous, provocative, edgy and unpredictable.

After years fronting iconic bands, Pete Doherty released his debut solo album ‘Grace/Wastelands’ in 2009. Recorded over the space of a year as Pete split his time between his homes in Wiltshire and Paris, and finally recorded for posterity in Olympic Studios in London enlisting the help of The Smiths and Blur producer Stephen Street.

The album, which was critically acclaimed and was a top 20 hit in the UK album charts, is a brave exploration of one man’s soul, and an excavation of a heart left desolate.

Pete Doherty plays Dublin and Belfast this May. Tickets went on sale on Friday from www.ticketmaster.ie.