Dirty Pretty Things joined by special guest at Hackney

Carl Barat returns to the scene of his Pete Doherty reunion

Dirty Pretty Things were joined onstage by a special guest during their performance at Hackney Empire in London last night (July 14).

The band – playing the same theatre where frontman Carl Barat reunited with former Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty earlier this year – played the ‘Up The Empire’ charity gig as part of the venue’s summer festival season.

Having played a set that included new songs ‘Best Face In The Place’ and ‘Plastic Hearts’, Dirty Pretty Things were then joined by former Moldy Peaches frontman Adam Green in the middle of their set.

Accompanied by backing singer Lisa Moorish, Green, on a flying visit from New York, performed his songs ‘Jessica Simpson’ and ‘Friends Of Mine’ to loud cheers as Barat’s band backed him.

Earlier proceedings had not gone as well, with two comedians on the bill managing to enrage sections of the audience.

Firstly Canadian stand-up Jason Rouse started insulting members of the crowd when they failed to laugh at his jokes about bestiality, misogyny and incest.

Compare Trevor Lock struggled to control the situation once the comic had left the stage.

The mood then picked up with bands The Paddingtons and Glas Vegas playing, before a second Canadian comic – Tony Long – died as spectacularly as his predecessor.

Rather than rising above the cool reception he received, he immediately resorted to threatening the crowd, claiming he would come and “strike out”.

He raised hackles further by describing to one audience member as a “fucking wretched witch” before telling her to “go back to her council estate”.

In response to the audience’s subsequent fury, he snarled, “You should get your heads kicked in, you fucking cunts.”

Guitarist Matt Saunders appeared next, nervously quipping that he “wasn’t going to try out any jokes”, before ‘Extras’ star Stephen Merchant arrived onstage to introduce the headliners, Dirty Pretty Things.

With the band receiving a great reception, audience member Jon Leigh was among those who complained to NME.COM about the comics.

“If it wasn’t for the brilliant bands, tonight would have left a very bad taste in people’s mouths,” he explained. “It’s easy to say music and comedy don’t mix, but everyone thought Stephen Merchant was hilarious. The other two were just really bad choices.”

Dirty Pretty Things played:

‘Chinese Dogs’

‘Gentry Cove’


‘Best Face In The Place’

‘Doctors And Dealers’


‘Come Closer’

‘Blood Thirsty Bastards’

‘You Fucking Love It’

‘Jessica Simpson’ (with Adam Green)

‘Friends Of Mine’ (with Adam Green)

‘The Enemy’

‘Gin And Milk’

‘Plastic Hearts’

‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’


‘I Get Along’