This past weekend, NME readers gathered at Pontin’s resort in Sussex for the first ever NME Weekender mini-festival. Pete Doherty joined his Babyshambles bandmates for a Friday night headline slot.
Fans gather at the main stage to see Babyshambles perform hits including ‘Delivery’ and ‘Fuck Forever’, as well a Libertines tune ‘What Katie Did’.
Babyshambles also performed a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’, to all those in the crowd who might be celebrating their special day at NME’s Weekender.
There was definitely an interesting mix of punters at the weekender – including “Hell’s Grannies” (men in old lady drag), and some scantily-clad cops (who also spun fire the night before during DJ Jeff Automatic’s set).
Trash Talk gave a typically raucous performance at the Weekender – only this time, it ended with blood. Frontman Lee Spielman went so mental that he managed to cut his forehead while jumping amidst the crowd.
Trash Talk pose for a picture outside of their chalet at Pontin’s in Sussex.
Punters joke about while taking a break from the music and enjoying some cider.
Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster made an appearance at the Weekender, where they revealed that this event not only marked the last stop on their tour, but quite possibly their last live show ever.
Egyptian Hip Hop gave a great performance on NME’s Radar Stage, with frontman Alex Hewett arriving onstage atop his bandmate’s shoulders.
Egyptian Hip Hop pose for a picture in their chalet, where they also had a late-night jam session for a few lucky fans.
Darth Vader and his team of supervillains wandered around Pontins all day on Saturday, posing for pictures and staying in character as they harassed punters.
The Heartbreaks played a set of indie-pop tunes on the Main Stage on Saturday.
The Heartbreaks have a few drinks in their chalet to celebrate a successful performance at the NME Weekender.
The Whip take a break from loading up their equipment after a well-received performance on the Main Stage.
British Sea Power didn’t bring along their usual 10ft bear costume this time, but they did pack their tree branches and a man dressed as a fox.
British Sea Power invited members of the audience to random chalet numbers.
Fancy staying in a chalet and having two days of non-stop live music moments from your bed? Come to next year’s NME Weekender!
Wilder played a very well-received set on the Radar Stage on Saturday afternoon.
Not only was there a load of great live music at the Weekender, but punters could also play in the arcade, swim in the pool, partake in a pub quiz and karaoke, and even play mini-golf. Some took the game a bit further than the rest…
Despite arriving onstage 15 minutes late, Babyshambles’ set was drama-free, and was well-received by all.