Dirty Pretty Things make festival debut

The band pop their cherry at Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival

Dirty Pretty Things played their debut festival set this afternoon (June 10) at the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival.

Carl Barat’s men have been gigging consistently this year, but had to wait until June to play their first UK festival.

“We did a festival in Newcastle last week but it was a bit of a non starter – it was on a windfarm, all the stages kept blowing over” explained bassist Didz Hammond. “We feel really good about today, people keep telling us this is the festival with the most history.”

With their set drawing from debut album ‘Waterloo To Anywhere’, the likes of ’Bang Bang You’re Dead’, ’Gin And Milk’ and future single ’Deadwood’ ensured the band’s debut was a success drawing loud cheers from the crowd.

Earlier, the second day of the festival had been kicked by local band The Windows who won the Wight Noise battle of the bands competition to play the stage, while newcomers The On Offs impressed with a perky and infectious set.

With England’s first game in the World Cup also taking place this afternoon, the site felt distinctly empty as festival goers decamped to nearby pubs TV screens, leaving The Proclaimers playing to a smaller crowds than usual, however the numbers quickly picked up as The Kooks took the stage.

Playing after England’s game against Paraguay finished, the Brighton band enjoyed a series of loud sing-a-longs including one for ‘Naive’ for what proved to be a near homecoming.

“I was really nervous,” explained singer Luke Pritchard. “Half my family were here. I had butterflies in my stomach which I don’t normally get before gigs.

The festival action is now set to continue with Foo Fighters headlining tonight.

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