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The Libertines are excited to announce the launch of Sharabang, which sees the band hijacking the Sunday (9th September) at the already established ‘Wheels and Fins’ festival (Joss Bay Beach, Broadstairs). This is the first ever Libertines Festival which will hopefully become a regular happening.

Sharabang is just down the road from The Libertines new hotel and studio, The Albion Rooms, which is rapidly taking shape on Margate seafront. Tickets for the Festival are available now priced at £25.00 from:

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Headliners The Libertines have hand-picked the support acts for the day from some of their favourite bands, old and new, bringing together a variety of acts including the legendary – Echo & The Bunnymen, festival favourites – Reverend & The Makers, Cockney heroes – Chas & Dave and Manchester’s acclaimed – Cabbage. Poet and theatre maker Luke Wright will be compering throughout the day. The full music lineup is:

  • Echo & The Bunnymen – one of Peter and Carl’s favourite bands, are led by the quintessential frontman Ian McCulloch. They have released many timeless classics such as ‘The Killing Moon,’ ‘The Back Of Love,’ ‘The Cutter,’ ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses,’ ‘A Promise,’ ’Lips Like Sugar’ and so many more.
  • Reverend & The Makers – have long been friends of The Libertines and in singer Jon ‘the Reverend’ McClure, can boast one of the true natural front-men of the modern era. McClure, along with longtime songwriting partner Ed Cosens have a passion for truth, a loathing of injustice and a belief that music should have something to say.
  • Cabbage – ‘serving up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of neo post-punk’(their words) are from Mossley and one of The Libertines favourite new bands. 
  • Chas & Dave – treasured by The Libertines, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock are part of a tradition of legendary London songwriters having written songs with irresistible and witty lyrics, such as ‘Rabbit,’ ‘Margate.’ ’Gertcha,’ ‘London Girls’ and ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You.’
  • Mic Righteous – British rapper who has collaborated with Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran. A local Margate boy and neighbour of The Libertines, he recently joined them onstage at the Roundhouse for ‘Hoping For Palestine’.
  • Lock – new wonder women on the block, led by Libertines family members, sisters Edie and Gita Langley. Have been described by The Sunday Times as “a brooding, storm-tossed, Fleetwood Mac”. 
  • Zuzu – rising stars from Liverpool, led by Zuzu herself, take their influence from the likes of Pavement, The Beatles and Bright Eyes. The Libertines heard them, loved them, and immediately added them to the lineup.

The second ‘Tim Peaks’ stage will feature performances from: Deja Vega, Average Sex, Blackwaters, Autopilot, Meister and Delights. Tim Burgess adds: 

“The Libertines love Tim Peaks and we love them. It was an honour to be asked by the boys to bring our travelling circus to the festival. As ever it’s all about fantastic bands, damn fine coffee and maybe a few surprises too.”

The Libertines will be working with two local Charities at Sharabang and 

In its sixth year, ‘Wheels and Fins Festival’ is an independent, music and action sports festival overlooking the ocean at Kent’s beautiful Joss Bay Beach. Located under 90 minutes from Central London, the festival runs from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September. 

This year the event takes on a new festival site and sees over 80 live acts across 3 stages with headliners including The Libertines, Feeder, Faithless (DJ set), Example and DJ Wire, Sub Focus and High Contrast.  With high production values throughout, the UK Mini Ramp Championships and camping and glamping options available, Wheels and Fins Festival 2018 is set to elevate this once local event onto the international festival circuit. 

For the full festival line-up and to secure tickets go to: Named after the notorious smuggler Joss Snelling, Joss Bay beach in Broadstairs, offers one of the finest sandy beaches within an easy commute from all over the South East. 




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