The show is watched by The Charlatans, Starsailor and, erm, the Sugababes...

The final night of the NME CARLING TOUR took over the LONDON ASTORIA last night (Sunday, February 10) withCoral, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, – Lostprophets

and – Andrew WK

all playing explosive sets.

Punters were queuing early on in order to see the first band on at 7pm, Coral. When Coral arrived on stage, the venue was almost full already – almost unheard of for a support band. They did not disappoint, playing a confident, fired-up set which included new single ‘Skeleton Key’.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

were also a strong draw on the night, following their Top 40 hit ‘Love Burns’ and their support slot with Oasis at London’s Royal Albert Hall last Wednesday (February 5). The US band, with Pete Salisbury, formerly of The Verve, on drums, played an incendiary set on a starkly lit stage. For most of the gig, they were hardly visible in the darkness, but the audience showed their appreciation throughout. The loud, feedback-heavy set included the aforementioned ‘Love Burns’ and ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)’.

One of the strangest sights of the evening was seeing the Sugababes in the VIP area getting down toBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club. Also in attendance were Starsailor

’s James Walsh Charlatans’ singer Tim Burgess and the Ping Pong Bitches.

Lostprophets also proved popular with their brand of energetic nu-metal. Their set included ‘Kobrakai’, ‘For Sure’, ‘And She Told Me To Leave’, ‘Fake Sound Of Progress’, ‘Still Laughing’ and ‘Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja’.

Headliner Andrew WKhad to face some doubters for his poppy metal early on, and some punters used beer cans as missiles. Before long, though, there was a lively moshpit going for songs like ‘I Get Wet’ and ‘Party Hard’ and