Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles banned for their fast/slow tunes

Peter Doherty and his band Babyshambles might be on the wane in the tabloids, but some people still think they’re a bit too bad for their liking. Wiltshire police have banned the grotty rockers from headlining, or even performing, at the Moonfest festival (no, we hadn’t heard of it either) at the end of August.

Chief Superintendent Julian Kirby, divisional commander of Wiltshire Police, said: "We carried out an analysis of what Pete Doherty and his band does. What he does as part of his routine is to gee up the crowd. They speed up and then slow down the music and create a whirlpool effect in the crowd. They all get geed up and then they start fighting."[NME.com]. The findings from this incredibly wasteful use of police time, were presented to magistrates who promptly banned Babyshambles planned appearance.

Even though the festival has only managed to sell a, quite frankly, pathetic 150 tickets, the powers that be deemed that amount of people would be too much for the 10 stewards who are working there to handle.

What makes this a bit interesting is that this case represents what’s thought to be the first time police anywhere in the country have used Section 160 of the Licensing Act (2003) to get a performance stopped, the local rag Gazette And Herald reports.

So there you go. If you want to put on a festival and make some money, don’t try to book a drug-addled, riotous rock band famous for debauched behaviour. Not because of that, but because their music goes fast, fast, fast. Then a bit sloooow. And that is truly dangerous.

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