The Libertines drummer Gary Powell has announced ‘THE INVASION OF…’ his first NFT via eco-friendly NFT platform Serenade.

 

‘THE INVASION OF…’ sees Powell collaborating with New York visual artist Josh Klaw and veteran Hollywood TV writer Jim Martin to create a unique digital art experience. ‘THE INVASION OF…’ is currently being developed as a graphic novel and animated film that serve as companion pieces to Powell’s debut solo album.

 

There will also be three limited edition NFT GIFs, and three numbered digital prints.

 

“There is no longer a libretto like brief to read at the back of an album to tell you what you have purchased or how the work was completed and by whom. There’s not even really the physical experience of playing your purchase as for the majority this has been digitised.  I want to take the experience we once cherished and place it into a familiar frame work that is the world we live in now so you can hold something whilst you listen and watch something that ties the whole experience together.” Powell says of ‘The INVASION OF…’

 

Renaissance man, Powell is a contributing writer for the New York magazine Ubikwist. He hosts his own radio show, DJs around the world, runs his own record label (25 Hour Convenience Store) and is an ambassador for the charity Restore the Music. He has toured with Dirty Pretty Things, The Specials and New York Dolls. He has released three albums with The Libertines – Up The Bracket (2002), The Libertines (2004) and Anthems For Doomed Youth (2015). Powell will be touring the UK with The Libertines in November and December.

 

Josh Klaw is a multidisciplinary visual artist and filmmaker. After years working for start-ups, big brands, ad agencies and private clients in the multiverse of commercial illustration, storyboarding, cinematography, feature films, fashion photography and influencer content, Mr. Klaw is transiting the portal from analog deliverables into block chain art and crypto culture. His previous clients have included Society 6, Athleta, National Geographic Channel, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Ecos, 3Doodler, Clorox, Temple Run, Dreamworks, Tillamook and Apple.

 

Writer Jim Martin is a BAFTA award / BANFF award / Webby Award / PGA Award winning Emerson College graduate who has written for film, television and the Internet. Jim’s first writing were on NBC’s HEROES. Jim wrote and produced HEROES’ web series’ and graphic novels, writing on Season 4 of the show (An episode he titled LET IT BLEED). Between seasons of live action TV, Jim has written episodes of myriad animated series including MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN, Bleacher Report’s CHAMPIONS series, Blizzard/Activision’s Netflix series SKYLANDERS ACADEMY, as well as Hasbro’s MY LITTLE PONY. Jim has also been nominated for an International Emmy and an NAACP award.

 

About Serenade

Serenade is a ground-breaking new artist/fan-centric music platform, which aims to break down the barriers to entry surrounding Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) and make them easily accessible and affordable for artists and their fans.

 

Launched by Australian tech entrepreneur Max Shand, the eco-friendly music-based platform produces 1/44,000th of the carbon emitted by a standard NFT (or 1/10th of the energy usage of a Tweet) through an energy efficient NFT authentication method called ‘Proof of Stake,’ a counterpoint to the standard Ethereum ‘Proof of Work’ method.

 

Purchases are made using a Debit/Credit card via Serenade’s check out facility, designed to function as a standard ecommerce site, with the platform handling the creation of a digital wallet and transfer of traditional payments into crypto currency.

 

Serenade launched in August 2021 with music-related digital collectibles that included unreleased tracks, limited edition artwork and VIP ticketing and experiences.

Serenade’s Environmental Credentials Explained 

Serenade NFT emits just 1/10th of the carbon of a tweet, which comes to 1/44,000th of the footprint of a normal NFT. We do this through an energy-efficient NFT authentication method called ‘Proof of Stake,’ a counterpoint to the standard Ethereum ‘Proof of Work’ method.

 

This marked improvement is a result of the Serenade platform being built on top of a layer two blockchain called Matic. Matic has a trusted relationship with Ethereum, which means it doesn’t have to go through the exhaustive process of proving every NFT transaction to the blockchain, but rather achieves this via collective proofs.

 

Not only does this lead to far better ecological outcomes, but it lowers the cost of creating NFTs so artists can be free to produce more work for their fanbases without bearing any gas fees.

 

Not sure what an NFT is? An NFT is essentially the same as a physical limited-edition merch item, like vinyl or an artwork, only a digital file. The owner holds the copy of the digital file but not the copyright within it, as they would with a physical item, and they can sell their item at any time to another fan.

 

“To date, the NFT market has been living in the cryptocurrency world; Serenade is here to shift that, opening up affordable access to NFT     s to true fans everywhere with a credit or debit card.”

 

Serenade is already providing unforgettable moments for music fans across the country. Head over to serenade.co to see how.

 

The Libertines are tickled to finally unveil the ‘First Phase’ of ‘The Albion Rooms’, their vision to convert a five-story ten-room Victorian building overlooking the sea in Margate into a den of artistry (and occasional iniquity), with the opening of two bars and a recording studio at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 31st.
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. ‘The Waste Land’ 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.
The Libertines acquired the keys to the ‘Albion Rooms,’ 31 Eastern Esplanade Margate CT9 2HL, in September 2017. Carl Barât “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.”
The ‘Second Phase,’ the opening of ‘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. 
Carl Barât and Peter Doherty play two sold-out acoustic shows at London’s Hackney Empire on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September, as part of Somewhere Festival.  The Libertines also play the following shows in the UK and Europe this autumn and winter:
OCTOBER
27th Sunday Paris Olympia
28th Monday Zurich X-Tra
NOVEMBER
2nd Saturday Cologne Carlswerk SOLD OUT
4th Monday Munich Tonhalle
5th Tuesday Berlin Columbiahalle
17th Sunday Luxembourg Den Atelier
18th Monday Brussels Cirque Royale
20th Wednesday Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg
21st ThursdayUtrechtTivoli Vredenburg
DECEMBER
3rd Tuesday Bournemouth  O2 Academy
4th Wednesday Leeds  O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
6th Friday     Dundee  Caird Hall  SOLD OUT
7th Saturday Glasgow  Barrowland Ballroom  SOLD OUT
8th Sunday Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom  SOLD OUT
10th Tuesday   Manchester  O2 Victoria Warehouse  SOLD OUT
11th Wednesday Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
12th Thursday  Nottingham  Rock City  SOLD OUT
14th Saturday Birmingham  O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
15th Sunday Birmingham O2 Academy
16th Monday    Bristol  O2 Academy  SOLD OUT
18th Wednesday London  O2 Academy Brixton  SOLD OUT
19th Thursday London O2 Academy Brixton
THE LIBERTINES 
9 UK SHOWS IN DECEMBER
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France/Germany/Luxembourg/Belgium/Netherlands
(OCTOBER & NOVEMBER)
The Libertines are very happy to announce a nine-date Christmas jaunt across the UK in December, along with shows in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Brussels and The Netherlands in October and November. Tickets, for what is The Libertines first headline tour in over two years, go on sale at 9:00 am on Friday 28th June and are available from www.gigsandtours.com & www.ticketmaster.co.uk  The full dates are:
OCTOBER
27th Sunday Paris Olympia
NOVEMBER
2nd Saturday Cologne Carlswerk
4th Monday Munich Tonhalle
5th Tuesday Berlin Columbiahalle
17th Sunday Luxembourg Den Atelier
18th Monday Brussels Cirque Royale
20th Wednesday Utrecht Tivoli Vrendenburg
21st ThursdayUtrechtTivoli Vredenburg
DECEMBER
3rd Tuesday Bournemouth  O2 Academy
4th Wednesday Leeds  O2 Academy
6th Friday        Dundee  Caird Hall
7th Saturday Glasgow  Barrowland Ballroom
10th Tuesday      Manchester  O2 Victoria Warehouse
12th Thursday     Nottingham  Rock City
14th Saturday     Birmingham  O2 Academy
16th Monday      Bristol  O2 Academy
18th Wednesday    London  O2 Academy Brixton
The Libertines bar ‘The Waste Land’ and recording studio, at‘The Albion Rooms’ in Margate, open on the 16th August. More details on the opening celebrations of the bar and studio to follow shortly.

As previously announced Peter Doherty and Carl Barât play two acoustic shows at London’s Hackney Empire on Thursday 5th September and Friday 6th September, as part of Somewhere Festival, which sold-out within minutes of going on sale.

Peter Doherty recently released his acclaimed new album ‘Peter Doherty &  The Puta Madres’ and toured the UK and Europe. Carl Barât latterly returned from a sold-out tour of the far East. The Libertines are currently working on their fourth album, the followup to the No.3 UK charting album ’Anthems For Doomed Youth’ (2015), which spawned the hits ‘Gunga Din,’ ‘Heart Of The Matter’ and ‘You’re My Waterloo.’

Having just completed a sold-out tour of the UK, Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres have announced a UK and European tour to coincide with the release of their eponymously titled debut album on Friday 26th April through Strap Originals/Cargo Records.
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9 am on Friday 1st March. Tickets for the European shows are available from: Here  To make sure you bag a ticket for the UK Tour, pre-order the new Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres album from Here and get access to an exclusive pre-sale starting 27th February at 9 am.
The full dates are:
MAY
3rd Friday Belfast – Limelight
4th Saturday Dublin – The Academy
5th Sunday Bristol – O2 Academy
7th Tuesday Glasgow – Barrowland Ballroom
8th Wednesday Leeds – Stylus
9th Thursday Manchester – O2 Ritz
11th Saturday Nottingham – Rock City
12th Sunday London – O2 Forum Kentish Town
15th Wednesday Paris (FRANCE) – Bataclan
16th Thursday Antwerp (BELGIUM) – Trix
17th Friday Cologne (GERMANY) – Kantine
19th Sunday Berlin (GERMANY) – Astra Kulturhaus
20th Monday Vienna (AUSTRIA) – WUK
21st Tuesday Munich (GERMANY) – Backstage Werk
23rd Thursday Zurich (SWITZERLAND) – X-Tra
24th Friday Fribourg (SWITZERLAND) – Fri-Son
Pete Doherty & The Puta Madres also play the following Festivals:
MARCH
31st Sunday Rennes (FRANCE) – Mythos Festival
JUNE
8th Saturday St Pierre (FRANCE) – Sakifo Musik Festival
JULY
19th Friday Amersham, Buckinghamshire – Penn Festival
21st Sunday Amstelveen (NETHERLANDS) – Amsterdamse Bos
A single, mixed by Cenzo Townshend, ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’, is available now when you preorder the album.
“We believe the act of creating public artworks is visual activism, punk
ethics have always been at the very core of it’s soul. We are arming an inactive society with an alternative knowledge, standing up to ongoing vilification by the press and their immoral standards, and to the authorities who encourage the soulless gentrification and social control in our public space, whilst ignoring their duty of care.”
‘Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres’ will be available on Vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (SOLP1), CD (SOCD1), Cassette (SOCASS1), Deluxe CD (SOCD1X) & Deluxe Vinyl (SOLP1X) (including live album and film)and digital download.
‘Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres’ was recorded at a family home overlooking a fishing village in Étretat Normandy, over 4 days last summer and mixed at Urchin Studios (East London). The album is engineered by Dan Cox (Laura Marling, Thurston Moore, Florence & The Machine)and produced by Jai Stanley (longtime friend and manager). All the songs from the album were road-tested over the last 18 months across Europe at Festivals and headline shows.
Songs include the reflective ‘All At Sea,’ the raw ‘Punk Buck Bonafide,’ the upbeat and playful ‘Shoreleave,’ the joyous hymn of liberation ‘Paradise Is Under Your Nose,’ ‘Someone Else To Be’ Peter’s re-imagining of  the Velvet Underground’s ‘Ride Into The Sun’ and Oasis’ ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger, ‘Traveling Tinker’ an elegy to Peter’s friend Alan Wass and ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ with dialogue from the 1948 film adaption of Graham Greene ‘Brighton Rock’ and the cheeky poke at his own notoriety…or is it,“Your so Rock & Roll.”
Peter Doherty has released three album with The Libertines (‘Up The Bracket’ (2002), ‘The Libertines’(2004) & ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’(2015) and With Babyshambles ‘Down In Albion’ (2005), ‘Shotter’s Nation’ (2007) & ’Sequel To The Prequel’(2013) and two solo albums ‘Grace/Wastelands’ (2009) and ‘Hamburg Demonstrations’(2017).
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres are Peter Doherty (Vocals/Guitar), Miggles (bass), Miki Beavis (violin), Katia DeVidas (Piano/keyboards), Jack Jones (lead guitar) and Rafa (drums).
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres have announced six UK shows, commencing at York Fibbers on 13th February and culminating at Swansea – Sin City on 19th February. The bands new single ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ was premiered on the BBC6 Steve Lamacq show. ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ is taken from Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres debut album – more details to follow next week. 
Tickets for the Who’s Been Having You Over Tour are available now from Here The full dates are:
FEBRUARY
Wednesday 13th  York – Fibbers
Thursday  14th  Margate – Fort Road Yard
Friday    15th  Derby – The Venue
Saturday  16th  Northwich – The Plaza
Monday    18th  Swindon – Level 3
Tuesday   19th  Swansea – Sin City
As previously announced Peter will play the following solo shows  at the end of the month, all of which sold out within minutes of going on sale:
JANUARY
Sunday    27th Liverpool – Hanger 34  SOLD OUT
Monday    28th Glasgow – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut  SOLD OUT
Wednesday 30th Carlisle – The Old Fire Station  SOLD OUT
Thursday  31stNewcastle Upon-Tyne – Riverside SOLD OUT
After three albums with The Libertines (‘Up The Bracket’ (2002), ‘The Libertines’(2004) & ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’(2015) three With Babyshambles ‘Down In Albion’ (2005), ‘Shotters Nation’ (2007) & ’Sequel To The Prequel’(2013) and two solo albums ‘Grace/Wastelands’ (2009) and ‘Hamburg Demonstrations’(2017). This will be Doherty’s ninth album.
Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres have toured Europe and South America over the last few years, including re-opening the Bataclan in Paris and the 02 Forum in London, are: Peter Doherty (Vocals/Guitar), Miggles (bass), Miki Beavis (violin), Katia DeVidas (Piano/keyboards), Jack Jones (lead guitar) and Rafa (drums).