Tuesday 14 August 2018

The Libertines put Chas and Dave on line-up during festival takeover

The rock band have curated their own line-up for the final day of a Kent-based festival.

The Libertines launch their own festival with Chas and Dave on line-up (Roger Sargent/Handout)
The Libertines launch their own festival with Chas and Dave on line-up (Roger Sargent/Handout)

By Lucy Mapstone, Press Association Deputy Entertainment Editor

Rock band The Libertines will headline their own festival day, supported by the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen and Chas and Dave.

The group, fronted by Carl Barat and Pete Doherty, are taking over one day of the established Wheels and Fins music festival in Kent, and have curated their own line-up for the main stage.

Called Sharabang, which the band hopes will become regular event, the one-day hijack of the festival will take place on September 9 at Joss Bay Beach in Broadstairs, close to their new hotel and studio The Albion Rooms in Margate.

The band tweeted: “We’re taking over the Sunday at @WheelsandFinsUK, claiming and curating it in the name of #Sharabang… a vehicle for music and merriment on a whole new scale for us as a band.”

Liverpool rockers Echo and the Bunnymen were chosen because they are a “favourite” of Barat and Doherty, and Cockney pop-rock duo Chas and Dave have long been “treasured” by the band.

Other acts confirmed for the main stage line-up on The Libertines’ day include Sheffield-based rockers Reverend and The Makers, new indie rock band Cabbage and rapper Mic Righteous, who is from Margate.

Pop trio Lock and rising stars from Liverpool, Zuzu, complete The Libertines’ support act line-up.

The Libertines are working with two local Kent charities at the event – Thanet-based The Aspirations Healthy Living Centre, which provides the local community with a one-stop site for health services, and a charity which offers free accessible music and arts workshops for young people across East Kent, called Pie Factory Music.

Other acts at the festival across the weekend include Faithless, who will be doing a DJ set, and Welsh rockers Feeder.

Wheels and Fins, an independent music and action sports festival now in its sixth year, runs from September 7 to September 9.

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