Pete Doherty breaks the law at Leeds Festival

Babyshambles man defies smoking ban on NME/Radio1 Stage

Pete Doherty flouted the UK smoking ban during Babyshambles‘ headline set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Leeds Festival tonight (August 23).

Doherty and guitarist Mik Whitnall frequently sparked up cigarettes during the band’s hour-long set, which was delayed for ten minutes and was watched by a half-full tent of delirious fans.

The ban on smoking in public places in the UK came into force in July 2007, and includes tents at festivals.


Opening with ‘Carry On Up The Morning’, the band’s set was heavy on tracks from their 2007 album ‘Shotters Nation’, including ‘Baddie’s Boogie’, ‘Unstookietitled’ and the single ‘Delivery’.

Singles ‘Killamangiro’ and ‘Fuck Forever’ sparked riotous scenes amongst fans, while Doherty dedicated the aforementioned ‘Unstookietitled’ to black civil rights activist Marcus Garvey.

‘Albion’ was later dedicated to the memory of Daniel Squires, a 16-year-old fan who Doherty befriended and played at the wake of after his death from bone marrow cancer.

“He’s sadly no longer with us,” Doherty said.

The song’s lyrics were changed in customary fashion, with mentions of Sheffield and Wakefield reflecting the gig’s Yorkshire setting.

Doherty then jumped into the photopit at the close of the song to collect hats from fans, which he then proceeded to pile on his head.


Babyshambles played:

‘Carry On Up The Morning’


‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’

‘Baddie’s Boogie’

‘Side Of The Road’





‘I Wish’

‘The Blinding’


‘Fuck Forever’

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