The Libertines announce Wheels & Fins fest to be last live show in ‘forseeable future’

The Libertines Photo Roger Sargent

The Libertines have announced that their take-over day at the Wheels & Fins Festival in Joss Bay next month will be their last public performance for ‘the forseeable future.’

The band, made up of Peter Doherty – vocals/guitar, Carl Barât – vocals/guitar, John Hassall – bass guitar and Gary Powell – drums, will host their Sharabang Fest on the last day of the action sports and music event on September 9.

The band, who own The Albion Rooms hotel in Cliftonville, have hand-picked support acts including 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.

The Libertines Photo Roger Sargent

Today (August 16) they announced that they will be concentrating on producing new material at the recently completed studios in their Cliftonville hotel.

The bar is near completion and will open very soon, whilst the hotel is scheduled to open in 2019.

Carl Barât said: “Peter, Gary, John and myself think it’s about timewe took a break from playing live until we have something new for everyone to hear. The Albion Rooms studio is finished, it’s beautiful and we want to concentrateall our efforts writing and recording the new album. This will make this last show very special indeed as it should bring this Libertines chapter to a close with a SharaBANG.”

The Libertines new studio at The Albion Rooms Photo from

The band, who last week were announced as the new shirt sponsors for Margate FC, are part of a massive line-up at this year’s Wheels & Fins, which takes place from September 7-9.

The 2018 Wheels & Fins event takes on a new festival site and will have 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.

There will also be the UK Mini Ramp Championships and other sport action.

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