Radar favourites Drenge also played the first night of the event
The Cribs headlined the first night of Converse’s ‘Get Dirty’ gigs at London’s 100 Club last night (April 17), playing a 60-minute set including a number of rarely-aired old tracks.
Radar favourites Drenge, who recently released their debut single ‘Bloodsports’, played in support of the Jarman brothers, offering up the likes of ‘People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck’ and ‘I Wanna Break You In Half’ to the already-packed venue.
The Cribs then took to the stage just after 10pm, with the sweating crowd surging towards the band immediately. Opening with ‘MTV’ from third album ‘Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever’, the trio then powered through a set largely comprised of their older material, save for three ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ tracks (‘Glitters Like Gold’, ‘Come On Be A No-One’ and ‘Jaded Youth’) and recent single, ‘Leather Jacket Love Song’.
Old favourite ‘Hey Scenesters’ was greeted with a heaving mosh pit, whilst ‘I’m Alright Me’ was followed by singer Ryan Jarman leading the crowd in a full a capella singalong of ‘It Was Only Love’. The frontman, who has also recently started another band – Exclamation Pony – with former Here We Go Magic member Jen Turner, then told the crowd that they’d play a song they haven’t aired for nine years, before breaking into eponymous debut album track ‘Tri’elle’.
The band, who were in obvious high spirits throughout, also addressed the crowd and asked for requests. When the majority of the audible shouts seemed to be asking for fan favourite ‘Another Number’, Ryan then jokingly questioned, “Why would you ask for a song we always play? You know we’re going to play that anyway”. The band then broke into ‘Cheat On Me’ and, ironically, didn’t play ‘Another Number’ for the first time in recent memory. Finishing up with established set-closer ‘City Of Bugs’, the trio then left the stage to huge cheers from the sweat-drenched room.
Speaking after the gig, the crowd – who had all won tickets through an online ballot – were unanimously positive about the evening. Daniel, 19, from Brixton told us that he’d ripped his T-shirt in the pit but didn’t mind as “it was crazy seeing them in a venue this small”, whilst Anne, 24, from Essex declared The Cribs to be her “favourite live band ever” and said that tonight was probably the best show she’s seen all year.
Converse’s ‘Get Dirty’ gigs will continue tonight with a headline set from Ghostface Killah and conclude tomorrow with Gallows topping the bill.
The Cribs will return to London on June 29 for Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, playing alongside the likes of Kasabian, Paul Weller and Miles Kane.
The Cribs played:
‘Come On, Be A No-One’
‘I’m Alright Me’
‘It Was Only Love’
‘I’m A Realist’
‘Glitters Like Gold’
‘Cheat On Me’
‘Leather Jacket Love Song’
‘We Can No Longer Cheat You’
‘Our Bovine Public’
‘City Of Bugs’