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Police have banned Pete Doherty and Babyshambles from performing at the Moonfest festival, set to take place on August 29-31 in Wiltshire. Doherty's band were due to play at the bash on August 29, but a police investigation into Babyshambles' stage manner led them to draw the conclusion that their performance would be likely to incite violence. 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 [the crowd] all get geed up and then they start fighting. "Police presented their findings to North Wiltshire Magistrates on Monday (August 17), who ordered festival organisers to cancel any appearance from Doherty or Babyshambles. It is believed that the case represents the first time police anywhere in the country have used Section 160 of the Licensing Act (2003) to get a performance stopped, Gazette And Herald reports. Despite the fact that only 150 tickets have currently been sold for the 5,000 capacity festival, Supt Paul Williams said that the ten stewards licensed to work at Moonfest would have been inadequate to cope with a public order situation. Reacting to the police's decision, Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek said he was angry, but said that the band would try to organise an alternative show. "The whole thing is a farce, it's almost comical," he told NME.COM. "The organiser of the festival is now on the verge of bankruptcy," he continued. "Why? Because we intentionally speed up and slow down the tempo of our songs. We're now in the process of trying to make it happen in a different venue. Watch this space."
Something more about it from BBC News:
Pete Doherty's manager says he is "livid" after the singer's band Babyshambles were banned from playing a festival in Wiltshire later this month.
Police claimed in court that the group could incite violence at the Moonfest event in Westbury.
Manager Andy Boyd called the ban "outrageous". "The list of bands playing at the festival was handed over to police months ago," he continued.
Doherty plans to play a free show at another time to compensate fans.
"We might even do it at Pete's house in a big barn. We're definitely going to honour those tickets somehow, but as far as the festival goes our hands are tied," Mr Boyd said.
"Babyshambles have played about 25 festivals this year. They've been playing festivals all summer, what's the difference with this one?"
Moonfest organiser John Green said the police used a previous performance of the band to argue for the ban at North Wiltshire magistrates court in Chippenham.
"They used a YouTube clip of what they say is a stage invasion at the Albert Hall, where Babyshambles played recently," he said.
Mr Green said the ban had been implemented under section 160 of the 2003 Licensing Act, which allows courts to close areas of of premises where there is "disorder or expected disorder".
Despite the fact that only 150 tickets have currently been sold for the 5,000 capacity festival, Mr Green said he was certain more would have gone had the band still be playing.
"Sales have been increasing quite dramatically and we were expecting quite lot of people to turn up at the gate as well."
He added Doherty had told him he was "hugely disappointed" about the decision.
A Wiltshire Police spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

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