Santogold (centre) with Ricky Wilson and Mark Ronson, who were both in the crowd for the rising star’s intimate gig at East London’s Old Blue Last pub. Santogold and Ronson are long-time friends and collaborators – she sang on his 2007 ‘Version’ album, on a cover of The Jam’s ‘Pretty Green’.
Santogold live at London’s Old Blue Last, May 12. Her self-titled debut album recently received an effusive 8/10 review in NME. It said: "’Santogold’ is a vivid statement of intent. An eclectic album for right now, which shows what it means to be a modern pop star, and reveals a glittery crazy-paved path towards a brave new musical future."
Santogold kicks off her UK tour at London’s Old Blue Last pub, May 12. Flanked by two back-up dancers and a DJ, the singer formerly known as Santi White played a set featuring songs from her self-titled debut LP.
Santogold live at East London’s Old Blue Last pub, May 12. The cramped venue made for a sweat-soaked performance. "London, it’s so hot here, I might not make it through the set. You guys hate air conditioning right?" she joked with the crowd, which included Kaiser Chief Ricky Wilson, Mark Ronson and M.I.A. producer Diplo.
Santogold live in East London (May 12), flanked by backing dancers. Prior to going solo, the 32-year-old – real name Santi White – worked as a songwriter-for-hire, penning tracks for Lily Allen (‘Littlest Things’) and Pete Wentz’s current squeeze Ashlee Simpson (‘Outta My Head’). Prior to that, she was an A&R scout for Epic Records.
Pete Doherty backstage at London’s Kentish Town Forum with Shane MacGowan (May 14). Earlier the Pogues frontman had joined Doherty onstage for a version of ‘Dirty Old Town’, originally written by British folkie Ewan MacColl but popularised by The Pogues.
Pete Doherty onstage with Babyshambles at London’s Kentish Town Forum (May 14), his first gig since being released from Wormwood Scrubs prison, where he served 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching probation.
Babyshambles’ gig at London’s Kentish Town Forum (May 14) marked Pete Doherty’s return to live action after a 29-day spell in Wormwood Scrubs prison. As he took the stage he joked about being "a bit rusty".
Pete Doherty live in London (May 14), enjoying his first live outing since being released from prison. The typically ramshackle Babyshambles set included two covers – Ewan MacColl’s ‘Dirty Old Town’ (featuring Shane MacGowan on guest vocals) and Squeeze’s ‘Cool For Cats’ – as well as fan favourites ‘Killamangiro’ and ‘Fuck Forever.’
Pete Doherty makes his live comeback with Babyshambles in North London (May 14). Arriving at the Kentish Town Forum at 9.20pm (BST), Doherty had a brief acoustic jam upstairs in the dressing room before heading onstage and opening with ‘Pipedown’.
Shane MacGowan onstage with Babyshambles at London’s Kentish Town Forum (May 14). It’s not the first time they have joined forces: the Pogues frontman also joined Pete Doherty and co. onstage in Dublin in September 2006, as well as at Spain’s Benicassim festival the same year.
Pete Doherty onstage with Babyshambles in north London (May 14). His first gig since being released from Wormwood Scrubs prison was a febrile affair that at times threatened to spill over into violence. At one point a besuited stage invader appeared to threaten Doherty, before tussling with security.
Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan joins Babyshambles onstage at London’s Kentish Town Forum (May 14) for a rendition of ‘Dirty Old Town’, a song by folk legend Ewan MacColl which The Pogues covered on their 1985 album ‘Rum, Sodomy & The Lash’.
Pete Doherty live in north London (May 14). Prior to the gig he gave NME his first interview since being released from prison. In it, he admitted to cheating on a drugs test by passing off someone else’s urine as his own. Nevertheless, he vowed: "I just can’t go back to [taking heroin]. I need to be a father to my son."