Review: Dirty Pretty Things, Saturday, 3pm

8 out of 10:Saturday, 3pm. Their weather predictions are off target, but they hit the mark with jaunty tunes and a passionate performance.

Stage: Pyramid

Time: 3pm

Dress code: Indie chic. Skinny jeans, vests and obscure T-shirts.

In summary: "The sun has come out!" shouts Anthony Rossomando, just as the rain starts its upteenth deluge of the day. Their weather predictions might be way off target, but Dirty Pretty Things hit the mark with their jaunty tunes and passionate performance. Confidently kicking off with new song Tired of England, they charge through highlights of their debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere. Doctors and Dealers and You Fucking Love It get the crowd jigging, but Come Closer, dedicated by Carl Barat to topless drummer Gary Powell, charms the impressive crowd they pull. Barat rolls his eyes towards the dark sky as he sings "and so it rains" during Gin and Milk, but leaving the stage after a victorious Bang Bang, You're Dead, he hits his heart with his fist, touched by the warmth and affection the band garner.

Highlight: Deadwood gets everyone singing in the rain.

Lowlight: The frequent bursts of ear-shattering feedback.

Unusual occurrences: None. This appearance obviously means a lot to the band and they play it by the book.

Mark out of 10: 8

Where they'll be on the bill next year: Judging by the new songs, higher up on the Pyramid Stage on Friday

Will be talking about this set until: The rumoured Pete and Carl acoustic set turns from Albion dream to reality.


Betty Clarke

The GuardianTramp

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