PETE DOHERTY is to play three dates at the Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel later this month.

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The Rhythm Factory holds a special place in Doherty’s heart. It was the venue for many of his gigs as a member of the Libertines and was the place picked for the ban’s reunion concert last year.

This time around, Doherty will take the stage as a solo performer, though it is believed he will be joined by a series of special guests.

The Rhythm Factory gigs go ahead on 14, 15, 17 January, while Doherty has another less welcome live date this month, at Gloucester Crown Court on a possession of heroin rap.