Pete Doherty led the fight against the BNP yesterday (May 30) at the Love Music Hate Racism festival in Stoke.
Taking place at the Britannia Stadium, the all-day event saw a diverse range of artists and speakers urging people to vote against the BNP in the upcoming European Elections.
Taking to the stage at 8.30pm Doherty played a four-track set, kicking off with The Libertines‘ 2002 debut single ‘What a Waster’, on which he changed a line to sing: “You two bob racist cunt”.
He was then joined by Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell and two dancing ballerinas, who flanked him during ‘Last of the English Roses’.
Doherty closed off with ‘Time For Heroes’, telling the crowd that “in times of crisis it’s time for heroes”.
Pete Doherty played:
‘What a Waster’
‘Last of the English Roses’
‘Time For Heroes’
Earlier on in the day former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland thrilled the crowd with songs such as ‘I Love You’ and the more recent ‘Work’.
The event also saw sets from Chipmunk, Beverly Knight and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
Reverend and the Makers finished off the night with a mixture of new songs from their forthcoming album ‘A French Kiss in the Chaos’ and favourites such as ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ and ‘He Said He Loved Me’.
Speaking to NME.COM, frontman Jon McClure said: “The Britain I know is the one of harmony where we live together and alongside each other, the idea of the BNP repulses me. But there’s a feeling here that we can change things, it’s exciting times.”
The European Elections take place on June 4.