Babyshambles, The Rev, ex-Arctic Monkey and The View form supergroup

Plus Guillemots, The Noisettes and Sham 69 join forces for Love Music Hate Racism

Members of Babyshambles, Reverend And The Makers, The View, Guillemots, The Pan I Am and The Noisettes joined forces for a live set at the Love Music Hate Racism carnival in Victoria Park, London today (April 27).

Fionn Regan, ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson and former Sham 69 vocalist Jimmy Pursey also joined the collective at points throughout the set.

Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell led the band through the opening ‘Ampersand’ at around 4:15pm (BST), playing guitar and singing. The song is by McConnell‘s side project Helsinki, a band with a revolving line-up that he organises, and the moniker the collective was playing under today.

Irish singer/songwriter Fionn Regan joined the band for ‘Genocide Matinee’, while singer Joe Fox provided vocals for ‘This Love’.

The View‘s Kyle Falconer and Keiran Webster then walked on stage and added vocals and guitar to a rendition of their hit ‘Same Jeans’, which was rapturously received by the crowd.

McConnell was vocal between the songs, leading the audience through a chant of “Fuck the BNP“. After ‘Same Jeans’ he invited Sham 69 singer Jimmy Pursey onstage to sing a cover of ‘White Riot’ by The Clash. The Clash performed at the Rock Against Racism concert in 1978 at the same park, making the rendition poignant. Suitably, the loudest cheers of the day were heard during the song.

The bassist had planned to invite his Babyshambles bandmate Mick Whitnall on stage after ‘White Riot’, but Whitnall was nowhere to be seen. McConnell led the crowd through a good-natured chant of “Where the fuck is Mick?”, before introducing Jon McClure of Reverend And The Makers and Andy Nicholson, formerly a member of Arctic Monkeys.

The duo joined the band as they played a cover of ‘Son Of A Gun’ by The La’s, with McClure on vocal duties. They remained on stage to play ‘Paris At Night’, a Reverend And The Makers B-side.

Following the latter song Mick Whitnall was finally found. He sung while playing guitar on the Babyshambles song ‘I Wish’.

The collective closed their set with a cover of ‘Dancing In The Dark’ by Bruce Springsteen, with GuillemotsFyfe Dangerfield and The Pan I Am‘s Edward Larrikin both playing guitar and sharing a microphone to sing.

Helsinki played:


‘Genocide Matinee’

‘This Love’

‘Same Jeans’

‘White Riot’

‘Son Of A Gun’

‘Paris At Night’

‘I Wish’

‘Dancing In The Dark’