The Libertines announce line-up for Sharabang at Wheels & Fins Festival

The band will curate one day of the line-up at the Kent event

The Libertines have announced the line-up for Sharabang, their curated day at Wheels & Fins Festival.

The event will take place at Broadstairs’ Joss Bay Beach between September 7-9. Other acts due to appear at the festival include Feeder, Example and DJ Wire, Faithless, Sub Focus and High Contrast.

The Libertines will host the final day of Wheels & Fins (September 9), which they will headline themselves. The band have hand-picked the acts for the rest of Sharabang, including Echo & The Bunnymen, Reverend & The Makers, and Libertines favourites Chas & Dave.


Mic Righteous, who has collaborated with Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, will also appear alongside newcomers Cabbage, Lock, and Zuzu. Poet and theatre-maker Luke Wright will serve as compere.

Elsewhere, the band have invited Tim Burgess to host the second stage as Tim Peaks. Deja Vega, Average Sex, Blackwaters, Autopilot, Meister and Delights will all perform on the stage. In a press release, Burgess said: “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 also be working with two local charities at Sharabang – The Aspirations Healthy Living Centre, who provide the Thanet community with a “one-stop site for health services”, and Ramsgate’s Pie Factory Music. The latter provides free accessible music and related arts workshops for young people across East Kent.

For more details and ticket information for Sharabang and Wheels & Fins, visit the official festival website.


The Libertines are currently in the process of setting up a hotel in Margate, dubbed the Albion Rooms. The property also houses a recording studio, where the group are recording their fourth album.

In a recent interview, drummer Gary Powell gave an update on the record and discussed the direction the band were headed in. “The last thing in the world we would attempt to do would be to reinvent the wheel. We have our own identity and we’ll stick to our own identity as much as we can do. It’s made us who we are. But having said that, there is an opportunity for us to investigate and to investigate new approaches to what we do.”