Babyshambles smash up the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

The band close their riotous set by trashing the stage, and one lucky fan gets a new guitar…

BABYSHAMBLES smashed up the their equipment and threw a guitar into the crowd tonight during their riotous set on the NME/RADIO 1 STAGE at the CARLING WEEKEND: READING FESTIVAL (August 27).

Following a chaotic version of set-closer ’Wolfman’, which also featured guest appearances from Wolfman and The General, the band trashed the stage before throwing their instruments into the audience.

Guitarist Pat Walden’s black Telecaster and drummer Adam Ficek’s drums were the first to be flung into the pit.

Babyshambles stormed the NME/Radio Stage with a set including the tracks ’Black Boy Lane’, ’In Love With A Feeling’, ’Do You Know Me?’, ’Albion’, ’Killamangiro’ and top five current single ’Fuck Forever’.

Speaking to NME.COM earlier in the day singer Pete Doherty revealed that the band worked themselves up to play the gig by taking inspiration from a legendary Carling Weekend: Reading Festival headliners.

He said: “Pat woke up this morning by playing me a load of Nirvana tunes – I’d never heard them before. It freaked me out.”

Walden added that their slot on the NME/Radio 1 Stage was an added bonus, saying: “It was that stage where Foo Fighters had a riot years ago – I’m happy to be playing that tent.”

The Tears will headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage tonight at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival. Keep checking NME.COM for the latest news from the event.