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Margate: By the Sea festival will feature The Libertines, Everything Everything, Metronomy and bands over three days

The Libertines and Everything Everything will headline Dreamland’s third – and biggest yet – By the Sea festival this weekend.

The Margate festival line-up follows on from the sell-out Demon Dayz festival with Gorillaz earlier this summer.

For the first time the festival will extend to three days, running from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1.

The Libertines' gig at By the Sea will be at Margate Winter Gardens
The Libertines' gig at By the Sea will be at Margate Winter Gardens

The Libertines, with frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty, will bring the event to a close on the Sunday night.

Friday night will be headlined by Everything Everything, Ivor Novello and Mercury Prize nominees. With a string of rare yet consistently sold-out shows under their belt, Metronomy will play to an intimate crowd on Saturday.

The Libertines, formed in 1997, will be playing some of their anthems and come to Margate as part of a tour of UK seaside towns, although due to capacity constraints, their gig will be held at nearby Margate Winter Gardens. The band have also got their own base in the town after buying a 20-room townhouse with plans to turn it into a hotel and recording studio.

British Sea Power
British Sea Power

Other acts appearing include the eclectic sound of British Sea Power, uncompromising Marika Hackman, multi-instrumentalist quintet Flamingods and all-female singing collective Deep Throat Choir.

Marika Hackman
Marika Hackman

Ticket holders will have access to the theme park on all three days, with guest DJs on the Sunday, plus other activities across Margate Old Town.

The festival has built up a strong reputation for big names and new acts in just two years.

Its inaugural year saw indie rockers Foals play a much-anticipated gig and were joined as headliners by Hot Chip.

Last year, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, a figurehead of the Britpop movement in the 1990s, was among the line-up.


The By the Sea festival will be held at Dreamland from Friday, September 29, to Sunday, October 1. Tickets cost from £35.75. To book visit dreamland.co.uk

Check out this week's What's On for an interview with Everything Everything

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