CSS and Gossip team-up for secret show

Beth Ditto and Lovefoxxx take the stage in Manchester

The Gossip and CSS performed a show together at the Manchester Roadhouse last night (May 18th).

Wristbands for the Myspace Secret Gig were distributed to fans at 6pm on Thursday (May 17) via a local record shop, with some fans queuing for over four hours beforehand.

Despite the massive demand for tickets staff said that the distribution took place calmly and efficiently.


Fresh from playing Brighton’s Great Escape Festival the previous evening, CSS were in great form when kicking off the night.

Singer Lovefoxxx sported ’Ugly Betty’-style nerdy glasses and coloured three of her front teeth to make it look like they’d been knocked out.

Her band played a ten-song set, mostly drawn from their self-titled debut, though they also included their regular cover of L7’s ’We Pretend That We’re Dead’.

CSS played:

’CSS Suxxx’



‘Fuck Off Is Not The Only Thing You Have To Show’

‘Meeting Paris Hilton’

‘This Month, Day 10’


‘Pretend We’re Dead’

‘Off The Hook’

‘Music Is My Hot Hot Sex’

‘Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above’

Between sets The Gossip’s Beth Ditto joined Lovefoxxx to entertain fans by dancing together to Hot Chip’s ’Over And Over’.

The Gossip then began their set with a cover of George Michael’s ’Careless Whisper’ before playing the majority of their breakthrough album ’Standing In The Way Of Control’.

They also covered Bikini Kill’s ’Rebel Girl’.

At the close of title track ’Standing In The Way Of Control’ Ditto urged the crowd to chant “free Lil’ Kim”, but asked for Paris Hilton to rot in jail.

The two bands then united for the final three songs of The Gossip’s set, with CSS urging the audience on with chants of “Gossip, Gossip!”

Finally after a rousing version of ’Yr Mangled Heart’, Ditto dedicated the set to Yoko Ono and then left the stage.

The Gossip played:

’Careless Whisper’

‘Eyes Open’

‘Listen Up!’

‘Rebel Girl’

‘Coal To Diamonds’

‘Jealous Girls’

‘Standing In The Way Of Control’

‘Jason’s Basement’

‘Are U That Somebody’

‘Yr Mangled Heart’

For more on both bands, see next week’s special festival preview issue issue of NME – on UK newsstands from May 23.