A project teased about since 2016, The Libertines have finally announced the opening of their Albion Rooms project in Margate this weekend, Saturday 31st August.
We last heard about plans for the Hotel/Studio space back in January of 2018 when the band announced work on their fourth studio album. Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and Co. were handed the keys to the Margate premises in September 2017 after planning permission was given the green light despite some resistance towards the rock and rollers from local residents.
The band are opening the hotel with what they have called the ‘first phase’ of their vision on Saturday. NME has reported how the band are excited to share “their vision to convert a five storey ten room Victorian building overlooking the sea in Margate into a den of artistry (and occasional iniquity).”
Margate is known as quintessential British seaside holiday destination, a perfect home for the romanticised world of The Libs. It screams nostalgia which is why it is easy to see the boys drawn to this with their vision of Albion.
Those fairground vibes, sandy beaches and a good knees up make it a picturesque fantasy. Margate also has rich artistic roots and a free spirit that thrives today, embodied by its old town and the Turner Contemporary gallery.
The Likely Lads have turned themselves into adults. Scary, isn’t it?