Babyshambles finally play V Festival Stafford

Pete Doherty and co make it through the traffic

Babyshambles finally played the Stafford leg of V Festival 2007 tonight (August 19) – taking the stage four hours late.

For once though Pete Doherty was not to blame for the delay as his band were held up by traffic and so organisers swapped their slot on the Channel 4 Stage for headlining the Virgin Mobile Union tent.

Arriving onstage bang on 10pm, Doherty sprayed the crowd with beer before launching into forthcoming single ‘Delivery’.

Dressed in a leather jacket and hat that made him look strangely like Indiana Jones, the frontman then led his band into ‘Pipedown’ without uttering a word.

Finally breaking his silence, Doherty philosophically contemplated the route his career has taken lately.

“I remember the days when they used to throw nice things like rosaries and crucifixes,” he told the crowd. “Now it’s all bottles of piss.”

Playing 2006 single ‘The Blinding’, the band then took the tent by surprise cutting straight into a cover of The Clash‘s ‘Janie Jones’, the track they recorded for Joe Strummer memorial charity Strummerville.

The band later previewed ‘Baddies Boogie’ from forthcoming album ‘Shotter’s Nation’.

‘Albion’ quickly followed, with the audience again in strong voice, after which Doherty belatedly told the crowd “we’re Babyshambles, by the way.”

With fate promoting them to one of the festival’s headliners, Babyshambles finished off their suitably rousing fashion, exploding with ‘Fuck Forever’, which Doherty ended by demolishing the drum kit before calmly sipping his beer and leaving the stage.

Babyshambles played:



‘Beg, Steal Or Borrow’

‘Back From The Dead’

‘The Blinding’

‘Janie Jones’



‘Baddies Boogie’


‘I Wish’

‘Fuck Forever’

However the drama did not end there as Doherty was arrested three hours after the set when he return to London, see a full report on his drugs arrest now.

NME.COM will have a special and exclusive Babyshambles announcement on Tuesday (August 21), so make sure you come back to the site then.

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME will contain a full review of V Festival 2007 so get your copy from August 22.

Plus check out the latest shots from both sites in NME.COM’s V Festival2007 photo gallery.