Glastonbury 2008: Carl Barat willing himself well for Glasto

The Dirty Pretty Things frontman is hoping to be right as rain to play his Sunday acoustic set - possibly in the rain

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No poxy illness will stop Carl Barat from playing at Glastonbury. The Dirty Pretty Things frontman is willing himself to a clean bill of health, hoping to be right as rain by the time he's scheduled to appear - possibly in the rain - on Sunday.

The former Libertine was rushed to hospital on June 17, suffering stomach pains. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis, an inflammation of the pancreas. "It appears that the pancreatitis was probably caused by a combination of the medication I was taking (for congestion that I still get after my ear operation) and maybe the odd drink too many," he told the NME.

Though Dirty Pretty Things were forced to cancel one concert, Barat was discharged from hospital over the weekend and is recovering well. "I am feeling much better, almost as good as I ever do," he said. "I have been told to take it easy this week and I shan't be over exerting myself, which may be difficult as the [Dirty Pretty Things] LP is out next week and there are rehearsals to be had."

Assuming Carl "behaves", Dirty Pretty Things are set to play a Saturday gig in Switzerland as scheduled, followed by an acoustic set at Glastonbury on Sunday.

On top of his work with Dirty Pretty things and burgeoning supergroup the Chavs, Barat has also been reunited with Pete Doherty, according to reports this week. The Sun reported that the former Libertines had been working together on a musical before Barat fell ill. "Songs have been pouring out of the pair," raved an anonymous source, "and now they're considering holding back a few compositions to record and maybe release in the future."

We hope Barat's backstage rider is well-stocked with hot lemon and honey.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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