The Albion Rooms open. The Libertines tour.

“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. 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.” ( Carl Barât)

Mais, oui! …do like to be beside the seaside.

Just when Britain needs all the best visions of itself possible, THE LIBERTINES unveil the first phase of their vision to convert a five storey, ten room, Victorian building into an ArtBeat central.The Albion Rooms (Two Bars and a Recording Studio) open on 31st August 2019). We say hip hip HOORAY!

Kent is home to various of TheZineUK’s fave friends/allies (some fave Birds n Fairies included), and soon to a new den of artistry (and occasional iniquity) in Margate, with the opening of two bars and a recording studio on the last day of August 2019. The Libertines acquired the keys to the ‘Albion Rooms,’ in September 2017 and you know that the time has come to see the results.

The downstairs bar is ‘The Waste Land,’(as in the T.S. Eliot poem, written two doors down from ‘The Albion Rooms,’ whilst Eliot was recuperating from a nervous breakdown), will be open to the public all year round. It will be a home for international and local artists to perform poetry / live music and exhibit art.

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.

#StageStyle decor

The ‘Second Phase,’ opening ‘The Albion Rooms’ hotel and restaurant, is scheduled for early 2020 and will feature seven individually decorated rooms, including rooms themed by each member of The Libertines.

The restaurant will feature local and guest chefs from across the globe to create distinctive and unique eating opportunities.

Once completed ‘The Albion Rooms’ will be utilised as a functioning guest house, installation art space and residential studio. 

The band have been keeping busy with their music. Carl Barât and Peter Doherty play sold-out acoustic shows at London’s Hackney Empire on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September, as part of Somewhere Festival.  The Libertines also tour the UK and Europe (most dates sold out!) this autumn and winter:

Art: ‘The Waste Land’ bar sign designed by competition winner Joni Belaruski. Beat: Gary Powell (drums), Peter Doherty (vocals/guitar), Carl Barât (vocals/guitar), John Hassall (bass guitar). ArtBeat: The Albion Rooms, 31 Eastern Esplanade, Margate, Kent CT9 2HL +

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