Official Secrets Act serenade Carl Barat as they kick off festival season

Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell and The View’s Kyle Falconer also in the crowd at NME gig

Official Secrets Act headlined NME’s Festival Launch Party last night (June 11) with label stablemates Kill It Kid providing the support along with DJs Kevin O’Donnell and Stewart Ruffles at the O2 Academy Islington in London.

Airing tracks from their recently released album ‘Understanding Electricity’, Official Secrets Act played an hour-long set to an enthusiastic audience of competition winners who had battled through the tube strike to be there.

The crowd also included Carl Barat, BabyshamblesDrew McConnell and The View‘s Kyle Falconer.


Playing with a stand in drummer, Official Secrets Act got the packed audience to pay tribute to their missing member Alexander MacKenzie – who is recovering in hospital after suffering a broken vertebra after being knocked off his bike – with singer Tom Burke getting the crowd to wish a speedy recovery.

“You’ll have a grown man crying when he sees that,” remarked Burke after the attendant camera crew caught the dedication on film.

Official Secrets Act played:

‘Hold The Line’
‘Momentary Sanctuary’
‘Snakes And Ladders’
‘Something That You Want’
‘Sell Sell Sell’
‘Girl From The BBC’
‘So Tomorrow’
‘Little Birds’
‘Be My Baby’

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