Former Libertine also gets crowd moving by playing some old classics
Coming onstage smoking a cigarette and backed by a five-piece band made up of an electric guitarist, cellist, drummer and double bass player, Barât kicked off his set by playing two brand new songs – holding the audience’s attention as he did so.
He followed these by playing The Libertines‘ ‘The Man Who Would Be King’, which drew huge cheers from the packed tent, while later in the set Barât again referenced his first band when an audience member shouted for Pete Doherty.
“You what? You didn’t seriously ask that did you?” Barât asked. “Where’s Pete? Well, I don’t fucking know do I!”
Among the new songs Barât premiered was a new piano-based collaboration he’s been working on with Miike Snow‘s Andrew Wyatt, featuring a repetitive piano line and brooding vocals.
Singing many of his new songs without playing guitar, Barât also told the crowd “It’s a fucking honour to be here,” before going on to praise Billy Bragg who curated the Left Field tent tonight.
“Do I look like I’ve lost my faith in love and music?” he later asked the audience, referencing a lyric from The Libertines‘ ‘The Good Old Days’.
After a brief pause midway through the set due to a faulty guitar, Barât and his band launched into Dirty Pretty Things‘ single ‘Deadwood’, again inspiring a mass singalong from the crowd.
He also made reference to The Libertines‘ forthcoming reunion gigs at Reading And Leeds Festivals, saying: “You know I’ve got this festival coming up?”
‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’, meanwhile, saw Barât reunited with former Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando.
Carl Barat played:
‘Better Let Her Go’
‘The Man Who Would Be King’
‘Carved My Name’
‘Time For Heroes’
‘So Long, My Lover’
‘Music When The Lights Go Out’
‘Can’t Stand Me Now’
‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’
‘Up The Bracket’
‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’