BOWIE ROLLS OUT THE HITS AT IoW

And Carl Barat turns up to see The Charlatans...

THE LIBERTINES’ CARL BARAT turned up for the final day of the ISLE OF WIGHT festival yesterday (June 13) to see THE CHARLATANS make their festival comeback and DAVID BOWIE roll out the hits.

The guitarist was due to play with The Libertines on the bill, but the band were forced to pull out after Pete Doherty flew to Thailand to seek rehabilitation for his drug addiction.

Barat spoke to NME.COM about the cancellation, saying, “It’s a bit of a downer really… we could have rustled something up out of The Libertines’ kitchen as usual – which is never a problem – but it’s a mark of encouragement and solidarity really. We just have to give it some time.”

The Libertine managed to secure a lift in The Charlatans’ tourbus to the event, which has been taking place this weekend (June 11-13) at Seaclose Park, Newport.

He said: “It was a last minute thing – I came on their bus. Tim (Burgess – The

Charlatans’ singer) looked after me in Los Angeles when I was lost and confounded and he’s still looking after me now when I’m lost and confounded so I thought I’d come along.”

The Charlatans made their festival comeback with a crowd-rousing set including the hits ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘One To Another’, ‘North Country Boy’, ‘Tellin’ Stories’ and tracks from their new album ‘Up At The Lake’.

Burgess pulled Barat up onstage before the band kicked into the fan favourite ‘Just Looking’.

The Libertines place on the bill was taken by The Ordinary Boys, who made their festival debut earlier in the day.

Singer Preston told NME.COM: “It was really good – I really enjoyed it. We had a lot of hardcore Ordinary Boys fans down the front asking for requests so it went really well – as good as I could’ve expected.”

He added: “I’ve never gone to a festival before – not a proper one – so the atmosphere was really good. I always thought because of the nature of our band we’re more at home in little sweaty mental venues were everyone can jump around and go crazy. But this is really a different approach – you can still push the energy from the stage into the crowd.”

Speaking about replacing The Libertines, Preston said: “I think they would approve. We were added at the last moment here so not a lot of people would have come to see us – every gig we play a lot of people say I’ll see you at Glastonbury or the (Carling Weekend) Reading and Leeds so I reckon it’s going to be fucking mental – I reckon it’s going to go off. “

Before headliner David Bowie took to the stage to close the three day festival, the 35,000-strong crowd enjoyed the second half of the England vs. France Euro 2004 match, which was projected on to screens around the arena.

Bowie then played a powerful greatest hits set featuring ‘Heroes’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Rebel, Rebel’, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘All The Young Dudes’ and material from his latest studio album ‘Reality’.

Other bands playing yesterday included Snow Patrol, Delays, and Suzanne Vega.