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Dirty Pretty Things / October UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 17th June 2008 at 7:03 pm
 

Do you have no taste at all musically? Do you think that Dirty Pretty Things are far better than anything The Kinks or Stone Roses ever did? Well, rejoice, for you few people can go and catch Carl Barat’s new band in October when they hit the road for a UK tour.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, 20th June at 9am. Fun.

Saturday 4th October – Glasgow ABC
Sunday 5th October – Edinburgh Old Picture House
Tuesday 7th October – Manchester Academy 2
Wednesday 8th October – Leeds Metropolitan University
Thursday 9th October – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Saturday 11th October – Keele University
Sunday 12th October – Cambridge Junction
Monday 13th October – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 14th October – London Roundhouse
Thursday 16th October – Oxford Academy
Saturday 18th October – Southampton Guildhall

 

Dirty Pretty Things / May UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 4th March 2008 at 8:52 pm
 

Dirty Pretty Things press shotDirty Pretty Things have announced a string of dates for May around the UK. The 12 date tour will be a warm up for the release of their second album, ‘This Is Where The Truth Begins’, which is out in June.

Tickets apparently go on sale on Thursday (6th March) at 9am, so get them whilst they’re hot.

Wednesday 14th May – Glasgow ABC
Thursday 15th May – Aberdeen Moshulu
Friday 16th May – Dundee Fat Sams
Sunday 18th May – Newcastle Northumbria University
Monday 19th May – Sheffield Leadmill
Tuesday 20th May – Manchester Ritz
Thursday 22nd May – Coventry Kasbah
Friday 23rd May – Liverpool Carling Academy
Saturday 24th May – Nottingham Rock City
Sunday 25th May – Bristol Academy
Tuesday 27th May – London Astoria
Wednesday 28th May – Brighton Corn Exchange

 

Dirty Pretty Things / Secret show TONIGHT

 
By on Tuesday, 4th September 2007 at 11:51 am
 

Dirty Pretty Things press shotCarl Barat’s new band Dirty Pretty Things (well, they’re not that new I guess) are set to play an intimate gig tonight.

The band will play at Highgate’s Boogaloo bar to celebrate the opening of a new photo exhibition featuring them – ‘Come Closer: Dirty Pretty Things as seen by Roger Sargent‘.

The band will be jetting off to LA after the gig to start recording their second album.

I’m unsure at the moment of how to get tickets for this gig, but assume the majority will be available on the door.

 

Live: Muse at Wembley Stadium (Saturday 16th June)

 
By on Sunday, 17th June 2007 at 3:11 am
 

This post was originally posted over at Londonist.

Never ones for being the most talkative on stage, Muse played the first night of their two night stand at the new Wembley Stadium with few words to the audience. This was more than made up for however by the enthusiastic set full or surprises. If you’re going to the Sunday Muse gig I’d strongly suggest not reading on if you want to keep it all a surprise.

Muse at WembleyGoing back to the start however and Rodrigo Y Gabriella surprised many in the audience who had slated their unique brand of Mexican acoustic guitars to not work in a stadium. However work they did as they perhaps managed to out-perform Dirty Pretty Things who followed them up, putting in a decidedly average performance, playing lots of new material and seemed to get the crowd going less that Rodrigo Y Gabriella did.

The last support was The Streets who managed to get everyone going perfectly, creating a bit of a party atmosphere as he confided in the 90,000 strong crowd that he has a yearning to be like Freddie Mercury, leading to a mass sing-along. Wheeling out all of his well known material, he did a storming job of warming everyone up, however did manage to jinx it my proclaiming that “there definitely won’t be any rain” – come the second half of Muse’ set, rain it does.

Finally the time came for what we’d all paid for. Muse. Set amongst a futuristic stage of Satellite Dishes, giant light-up balloons and a video screen that makes your brand new top of the range plasma look like something your Gran should own, they really had outdone themselves with the set. Twenty minutes late the stage lights dim and searchlights go round. Smoke oozes out and yet no Muse. Instead, they arrive from the back of the sound stage in the centre of the stadium, in a blast of tickertape that is still coming down four songs in.

Muse at WembleyWalking through the walkway set in the middle of the standing area, they reach the stage, immediately launching into “Knights of Cydonia” and “Hysteria”, which got everyone going nicely before launching into “Supermassive Blackhole”, sending those in the crowd not already going ape over the edge. Dominic Howard, Muse’ drummer, was the most talkative, commenting “It looks like you’re having fun, I know we are!”

Playing all of the old favourites, Muse managed to squeeze 22 songs into their two hour set, finishing their main set with an extended version of “Newborn”. However, the best was saved for the encore. “Soldiers Poem” was dedicated to “unsung heroes”, and featured a stadium full of people holding phones aloft before a dreamy rendition of “Blackout”, which featured two acrobats suspended by giant white balloons soaring above the crowd for possibly one of the most beautiful moments to be seen so far at Wembley. All attention was off the lads as the two acrobats flipped and twirled with grace and beauty, with the music providing the perfect soundtrack.

“Plug in Baby” was the last all-out energy filled number for many people, complete with tens of huge balloons filled with glitter floating around the stadium. Final encore was saved for the epic trio of “Micro Cuts”, “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Take A Bow”, all of which were, well, amazing, ending in a bout of fire and glitter that would make many lesser artists quiver in their boots.

After such an epic evening it’s easy to see how Muse could sell out Wembley twice. Theatrical, amazing musical talent and all out entertainers. The future of Rock? I think so.

After the jump: Photos, setlist and video in a few days.

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