July 22, 2003 14:54


NME.COM appeal helps Tim DeLaughter find the first ever white gown...

After an international manhunt, the first ever Polyphonic Spree robe has been returned, thanks to NME and NME.COM.

The collective had just finished a T In The Park warm-up at the Northampton Roadmenders (July 10) when the robe, which is of immense value because it was the first one ever created, was stolen.

Upset mainman Tim DeLaughter contacted NME at T, appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch with us, in the hope of getting it returned.

"It was made by my mother-in-law," he said. "It's fine if whoever took it wants a picture of it. I must get it back - it has my mojo in it."

NME.COM launched an appeal to find the robe. Following our story, the news of the stolen robe became international headlines. Even Japanese prime time television featured the story, concerned that without the robe the band’s gigs at the Summer Sonic festival wouldn’t be as good.

Last week an anonymous person returned the robe, freshly laundered. As promised, the band have no plans to press for any charges in relation to the incident.

"We thank the good people of Northampton," a spokesperson for the band told NME. "It has restored their faith in human nature."

A member of staff at the venue told NME.COM: "On Friday (July 18) a girl hiding her face under a hood snuck up to our box office, threw in a bag containing the valuable garment and legged it across the car park. A note on the robe read: 'Sorry. One washed robe found in the car park'".

Polyphonic Spree
come back to the UK from Japan, where they will play at this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals. They headline the BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading (August 22) and Leeds (August 23).

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