Sean Michaels 

Pete Doherty skips T in the Park to enter rehab

Singer heads to Thailand for treatment for heroin and crack addiction, causing him to miss his second successive T in the Park
  
  

For the second year in a row, Pete Doherty has dropped out of a planned appearance at T in the Park in Kinross. With just over a week to go before the festival, Doherty has checked into a rehab centre in Thailand.

"It's a shame," festival boss Geoff Ellis told NME. "I got a call at about 2am saying he was going into a medical facility for some treatment and couldn't play." Doherty's website published details of the former Libertine's current whereabouts: "Doherty flew to the Cabin, in Chiang Mai, Thailand [on Tuesday] escorted by his manager Andy Boyd. Doherty's stay at the Cabin will see him undergo a rigorous treatment programme designed to lead to recovery once and for all." According to the Daily Mail, Doherty has also cancelled his appearances at next week's Super Bock Super Rock festival in Portugal, and Rock for People in the Czech Republic.

Having struggled for years with substance abuse, Doherty recently admitted he is addicted to heroin and crack cocaine. Although previous visits to rehab have been unsuccessful, in Chiang Mai he will undergo counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and a "tailored exercise programme" that includes yoga and elephant trekking. The singer will also follow a "secularised" version of Narcotics Anonymous's 12-Step method, "along with workshops in mindfulness and mind mapping".

Doherty also had to drop out of T in the Park in 2011, following his incarceration for possession of cocaine. But Ellis said that despite two strikes against him, the festival would be happy to invite Doherty back in 2013. "He's said some nice things about the festival and I know it's one of his favourites," he said. "It'd be nice to get him back."

Three years after his last solo album, Doherty has been recording new material with producer Adem Hilmi, in west London. Over the past week, Himli has posted three new demos to his blog, for the songs Bird Cage, Siberian Fur and Down for the Outing. While Down for the Outing is intended to evoke Parisian street music, Doherty said, Siberian Fur features string samples from old films and what may be the singer's first rap.

• This article originally said that T in the Park was in Glasgow, when it is in Kinross. This has been amended.

 

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