Once known for being one the most chaotic British rock and roll bands on the circuit, The Libertines became synonymous with fighting, prison, drug abuse, and stardom. With Carl Barât (vocals/guitar) and Pete Doherty at the helm of the madness, the two musical brothers in arms became the poster boys of the indie 00s scene. And they slowly destroyed as well.

Once sharing stages with the likes of The Strokes and The Vines, The Libertines became one of the most iconic British bands of recent times. Drug addiction became the focal point of The Libertines with Pete Doherty being convicted on drug charges and spending some time at Pentonville Prison, Barât decided to eventually disband The Libertines on on 17 December 2004. They would return in 2010 whilst Doherty and Barât concentrated on their respective bands Babyshambles and Dirty Pretty Things.

Now, in a recent interview with UK news outlet, ‘Channel 4’, Pete Doherty has revealed The Libertines are opening a hotel which Doherty will not only be the manager, but he’ll also live there.

The hotel will be opening in Margate, a town on England’s southeast coast. Located at 31 eastern esplanade, Margate, the hotel has undergone a 500K revamp and has been named, The Albion Rooms.

An official press release put out by the band last year scheduled an opening date for summer 2018, however, the hotel is still yet to open according to Doherty in his recent Channel 4 interview published only just the other week, 31 March 2019. A press release issued by The Libertines in August 2018 also stated the band would be releasing their 4th studio album in the same year with an album launch party being held at The Albion Rooms but there's no sign of this happening anytime soon.

They didn’t pay me for a couple of gigs and then before I knew it 6 part share in what’s turned out to be a studio, hotel and a place to live.
- Pete Doherty

Doherty also talks about Brexit and the impact it will have on UK music:

“It breaks my heart really because I can feel like in watership down when the fields start to turn black because of all the propaganda we’re getting fed about brexit and I don’t believe this great british nation is capable of doing that to itself. And destroying my band in the process because I’m the only british Passport holder in the band”

There is no opening date for the hotel. If it even opens.

Author Bio: AC Speed

Senior Editor

I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!


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