Doherty’s High On Another Plane

For the second time in a couple of weeks, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty caused his own minor disruption to European airline schedules by getting carted off a plane at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.

Despite a couple of U.K. newspapers running pictures of him being pushed to custody in a wheelchair, he still managed to make it to a sold-out 30,000-capacity Hultsfred Festival in time to do his slot.

A couple of days later, the promoters of Switzerland’s Greenfield Festival weren’t so lucky as Doherty was still in Sweden when he should have been onstage in Interlaken.

Two weeks ago, Doherty made it to Spain’s Primavera Festival just in time to perform after he and everyone else in the plane he was traveling in were held at Barcelona airport as police searched their Easyjet flight from London for any evidence of illegal drug-taking.

“As soon as we took off Doherty began walking around and started arguing with the stewardesses. They told him to sit down and refused to give him any drink,” one unnamed fellow traveler told The Sun.

It seems the pilot was informed soon after the plane was airborne and cops were waiting for Doherty by the time it landed in Sweden.

After sustaining heavy losses in 2004, it was the second successive sellout for Hultsfred. The event was caught by a heat wave that spread throughout Europe and organizers set up some shade and water oases where fans could shelter from the glaring sun and maintain their fluid levels.

“It was very hot,” festival booker Janne Kleman told Pollstar. “We felt we had to do something including providing free cool water for those who were finding it too hot.”

Among the acts topping up their tans at Hultsfred June 15-17 were The Strokes, Deftones, HIM, The Cardigans, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, In Flames, Gnarls Barkley, Amadou & Mariam, Kent, Soulfly, Martha Wainwright, Editors, Kaizers Orchestra, and Bullet For My Valentine.

– John Gammon