The Libertines have announced a Margate show at the end of the year – taking place only minutes away from their newly opened hotel in the seaside town.
Located less than a mile from The Albion Rooms, the show will also double up as opportunity for fans to visit the new Libertines HQ.
The band have been teasing plans for the 10-room, five storey property since 2016, before revealing last year that it would be called ‘The Albion Rooms‘ and inviting fans to buy their own brick to help with the construction work. Despite some resistance from local residents, the bar and recording studios opened at the end of August as part of the ‘first phase’ of the project.
Named after the T.S. Eliot poem written two doors down from The Albion Room, the downstairs bar The Waste Land will be open to the public all year round.
“The Waste Land will be a home for international and local artists to perform poetry / live music and exhibit art,” said the band in a statement. “The Upstairs bar will initially be open to the public before becoming a private bar and lounge space for the studio and residents. For The first month both bars will only be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The state of the art recording studio is available for viewing and bookings.”
“It might be a while before we challenge The Savoy or The Grand Budapest in the hotel stakes, but we’ve put a lot of love into this,” said Carl Barat of the project. “Meanwhile it’s a colourful and inspiring home for the Libertines and I look forward to the Albion Rooms becoming our very own Warholian Factory.”
The Libertines’ full upcoming tour dates are:
27 – Sunday, Paris Olympia
2 – Saturday, Cologne Carlswerk
4 – Monday, Munich Tonhalle
5 – Tuesday, Berlin Columbiahalle
17 – Sunday, Luxembourg Den Atelier
18 – Monday, Brussels Cirque Royale
20 – Wednesday, Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg
21 – Thursday, Utrecht Tivoli Vredenburg
3 – Tuesday, Bournemouth O2 Academy
4 – Wednesday, Leeds O2 Academy
6 – Friday, Dundee Caird Hall
7 – Saturday, Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
10 – Tuesday, Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
12 – Thursday, Nottingham Rock City
14 – Saturday, Birmingham O2 Academy
16 – Monday, Bristol O2 Academy
18 – Wednesday, London O2 Academy Brixton
22 – Sunday, Margate Winter Gardens