Babyshambles banned from headlining Moonfest festival
Of course, the band’s frontman, Peter Doherty was “absolutely devastated and furious” about it. Officers from Westbury, Wiltshire (where the 3-day Moonfest festival will be held) apparently lodged a ban application at North Wiltshire Magistrates Court and it was approved. They were afraid that their force is not strong enough to contain the 5,000 set to attend. It is believed to be the first court to issue section 160 of the Licensing Act (2003) to stop an act from performing.
Superintendent Paul Williams, of Wiltshire Police, said the application had come following Peter Doherty’s solo performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall which was marred by crowd trouble. He said: “It is very unusual for the Royal Albert Hall to have to request police assistance, which on that occasion they did. He (Doherty) just whipped up the crowd and there was disorder. We are not killjoys and we help organisers with many events throughout the year and some are much larger than this one.”
Chief Superintendent Julian Kirby, on the other hand, said: “We carried out an analysis of what Pete Doherty and his band does … They speed up and then slow down the music and create a whirlpool effect in the crowd. They (the crowd) all get geed up and then they start fighting.” John Green, Moonfest’s organiser, said he was “livid” at the decision while Doherty’s manager Andy Boyd said they will hold a free show to compensate fans.