Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty

Splendour now Pete Doherty and Babyshambles' sole Aussie gig

FROM suggestions of selling discarded cigarette butts of his former lovers to declarations of losing a limb before he would kick his drug habit, Pete Doherty isn't short of a headline.

Doherty, frontman of Babyshambles (and formerly The Libertines) is renowned as much for his habits and relationships as he is as a musician.

His lovers have included Kate Moss and the late Amy Winehouse, whose used cigarette butts, it was reported only weeks ago, he was chasing cash for.

Babyshambles make their first trip to Australia for Splendour in the Grass, where they are scheduled to play the Supertop tonight, 7.45pm.

The band had been scheduled to play side shows across the country, but pulled out last week due to "various considerations, including advice from (their) immigration solicitor".

With the drama starting before the band even got here, it will be interesting to see if the set is more a heroin-fuelled, Doherty shambles, than rock'n'roll.

Either way, the band is set to play new material from their third album, Sequel To The Prequel.

Festival highlights

TODAY

  • Tom Dodd, Busker Stage, noon (first of the locals)
  • Splendour in the Craft, free workshops and activities each day with food provided by Southside Tea Room (run by Patience and John from The Grates)
  • Debate: Can We Trust The Media? Forum, 2.30pm (with a video link from Julian Assange)
  • Matt Corby, GW McLennan Tent, 9pm
  • Mumford & Sons, Supertop, 10.45pm (a stadium-filling folk band for a reason)

TOMORROW

  • Documentary and Q&A: The Sunnyboy, Forum, 12pm
  • Postblue, Supertop, 12.30pm (BB locals, triple j Unearthed winners)
  • Ms Mr, Mix Up, 5.15pm
  • The Polyphonic Spree Rocky Horror, GW McLennan, 8.15pm
  • Empire of the Sun, Supertop, 9pm (visual spectacular)

SUNDAY

  • Splendour Peace Parade (with Byron Bay's favourite dancing man) Tommy Franklin, Global Village, 4.30pm
  • James Blake, Mix Up, 8.30pm
  • Frank Ocean, Supertop, 11pm

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