Carl Barât at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Carl Barat
Carl Barat

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IT was Foreign Office who had the pleasure of kicking things off and they did well to please the capacity crowd with their synth driven 1980s style.

But, the minute they left the stage, the venue filled with chants of ‘we want Carl’ and they soon got their wish.

Carl Barât arrived on stage to screams, cheers and chants of ‘we love you’, and wasted no time in starting his set with The Magus, closely followed by the brilliant Run With The Boys, which received a fantastic reception.

The atmosphere was indescribable, and as Barat flew into The Libertines classic Up The Bracket, the Wedgewood Rooms went wild. Barât’s brilliant decision to mix his solo stuff with some Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things tracks seemed to work a treat as the heaving crowd became more manic with every song.

With his set over, Barât left the stage to rapturous applause and yet more screams of ‘We want Carl’.

This was without doubt the best gig I have been to this year. Barât was outstanding, and showed that whether he be a Libertine, a Dirty Pretty Thing or a solo artist, he is truly brilliant at whatever he does.