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Doherty show is a Barnsley shambles despite the charm.

Byline: Charlotte Strickland

Artists: Pete Doherty Venue: Barnsley Walkabout Review by: Charlotte Strickland "Alright Barnsley? You know how to bring a crowd, I thought you''d be stood shouting w****r," muttered Doherty half way through his clumsy set.

Little did he know that minutes before his appearance on stage, finally a little after midnight, I and many other had been calling him just that. Before Doherty even played I had begun to lose all respect for him.

At nearly pounds 30 a ticket, I was expecting a lot from the night. After four mediocre local bands whizzed through their Kasabian ripped off sets, the crowd were getting more than bored.

The stage was cleared for Doherty but instead an American singer took to the stage donning a guitar. In front of a Pete-hungry crowd all he received was 'Pete, Pete'' shouted at him. Doherty finally appeared on stage with Babyshambles guitarist Mick Whitnall and after some of Pete''s casual trademark mucking around they began with the Libertines classic What A Waster - always an instant crowd pleaser despite his late entrance.

The audience maintained enthusiasm as Doherty played Babyshambles'' Kilamanjiro and Libertines'' Music When The Lights Go Out before For Lovers for which two ballet dancers invaded the stage and danced around Pete in an unsynchronised manner. Doherty casually lit a cigarette and took off his hat, which is all he has to do to receive a massive cheer from the crowd.

After a couple more Libertines'' classics he plays Can''t Stand Me Now. I can''t work out whether his guitarist has forgotten all the chords or if Pete is actually teaching him on stage.

The dancers reappeared, this time with Union Jack flags, while Doherty stumbled through Down In Albion. The set ended with a cover of Twist and Shout before he faced the mic and said 'Thank you Doncaster!''.

Pete Doherty has got too big for his boots. Either that or his money-hungry management have and it is really disappointing. His set was played on a shoe string production and not very well. Pete has amazing charisma and his stage presence is massive. He is cheeky and the voice comes so effortlessly. I was disappointed to say the least but there is definitely something about Pete that makes you fall in love, even if it's just a little bit.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 28, 2010
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