The Libertines to ‘hijack’ final day of Wheels and Fins Festival

The Libertines Photo Roger Sargent

The Libertines will hijack the final day of next month’s Wheels and Fins event to hold their own festival day.

The band, made up of Peter Doherty – vocals/guitar, Carl Barât – vocals/guitar, John Hassall – bass guitar and Gary Powell – drums, already have local links now they own The Albion Rooms hotel in Cliftonville. They will host the Sharabang fest on September 9.

Headliners hand-picked by the band as the support acts for the include Echo & The Bunnymen, Reverend & The Makers, Chas & Dave and Manchester’s acclaimed – Cabbage.  Poet and theatre maker Luke Wright will be compering throughout the day.

Sharabang line-up

Echo & The Bunnymen – one of Peter and Carl’s favourite bands, led by 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    frontmen 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 fa-vourite 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.

Tim Burgess is the founder of Tim Peaks coffee house and stage

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

The Libertines will be working with two local charities, Pie Factory Music and the Aspirations Healthy Living Centre.

Photo Adam Dark

The Wheels and Fins festival, which runs from September 7-9, is now in its sixth year – and the 2018 event will be brought on to a national platform and is expected to attract some 5,000 visitors each day.

Events include Skateboarding (UK Mini Ramp Champs), surfing, stand up paddle boarding, beach DJs,  environmental workshops, lifesaving demo’s and competitions, street food, epic beverages and plenty of dancing by the sea across two stages.

There will be some 80 live acts across 3 stages with headliners including The Libertines, Feeder, Faithless (DJ set), Example and DJ Wire, Sub Focus and High Contrast.

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