January 21, 2007 14:46

Dirty Pretty Things and Graham Coxon play special show

Supergrass and Athlete also at 'Pudstock' benefit gig

Dirty Pretty Things and Graham Coxon play special show
Dirty Pretty Things, Graham Coxon, Supergrass, and Athlete were among the bands who teamed-up for a special gig for homeless charity Crisis at London’s Proud Gallery yesterday (January 20).

As previously reported, tickets to the Pudstock gig were hidden as special sixpences and were placed inside random Christmas Crisis Christmas puddings.

Kicking off in the early afternoon with sets from Four Day Hombre and Racing For Pink, event curator Pearl Lowe and representatives from Crisis took the stage to thank the audience for their support in “our fight to end homelessness”.

Lowe was then joined by her partner and Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, for a cover Elliot Smith song ‘Between The Bars’.

They were followed by Lisa Moorish who, accompanied by BabyshamblesDrew McConnell, performed ‘White Boy, Brown Girl’ by her band Kill City.

The late-afternoon arrivals of Graham Coxon and Dirty Pretty Things then swelled the crowd.

Arriving quietly on stage and plucking out a selection of classically-inspired instrumentals to warm-up the audience, Coxon began his acoustic set with a rendition of Nina Simone’s classic ‘Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair’ before playing the likes of ‘Are You Lonely’ and ‘In This House’.

He also paid tribute to the “suave” Ed Harcourt who played an earlier in the day - the early start being something singer-songwriter had joked about himself, telling the crowd: “This is the earliest gig I’ve ever played. I’m not used to daylight”.

At 5 pm, Dirty Pretty Things took the stage causing the crowd, which including Ricky Gervais collaborator Stephen Merchant, to explode with energy.

Kick-starting their set with the likes of ‘Deadwood’ and ‘Doctors And Dealers’, the band steamrolled through a series of live favourites.

Introducing ‘Gin & Milk’, frontman Carl Barat - adorned with feather trilby - reminded the crowd of the chaos that cut short his band’s set when they played the tiny gallery late last year.

“We didn’t get to do this the last time,” he explained. “This is for those of you who missed it.”

Speaking to NME.COM after the set, Barat stressed he felt it was important for his band to be involved with Crisis.

“It’s helping isn’t it? It’s helping the immediate present. It’s not like we’re doing it for publicity or anything,” he declared. “We’re supposed to be underground doing our album, [but] I’ve seen what a slippery slope it can be, so anything to help really.”

The day then wound-up as Supergrass and Athlete played sets.

The Britpop veterans particularly shined, proving they still could hold a crowd hostage, with a searing performance that included ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ and ’Richard III’.

“I’ve sat and watched the whole thing, overwhelmed by the beautiful British talent there is,” Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes told the audience, before concluding the show with a currently untitled, brand new song they’d “never tried before”.

The event was then wrapped-up with DJs, including Queens Of Noize, spinning sets into the night.

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