Live Review & Photo Gallery: Carl Barat at Corby’s Zombie Hut

Carl Barat at Corby's Zombie Hut. Photo by David Jackson
Carl Barat at Corby's Zombie Hut. Photo by David Jackson

It was a massive coup for the Zombie Hut to bring Carl Barat & Friends to the Corby venue.

The former Libertine was joined by drummer Gary Powell and former Dirty Pretty Things guitarist Anthony Rossomando for an unforgettable night in the town.

The latest in a line of big names to play the new venue, unsurprisingly tickets sold out virtually instantly.

Since the demise of the Barat fronted Dirty Pretty Things, the singer and guitarist had kept a fairly low profile in terms of music.

Other than touring to support his debut, he had only really played a limited number of shows since the triumphant 2010 reunion of The Libertines at Reading and Leeds festivals.

What was clear however, as 250 people packed into the Zombie Hut, was just how loved Barat (and friends) still are.

While a majority of the audience was from Corby and surrounding towns, some had driven for more than three hours to see him.

Other younger fans lamented how they were simply too young have seen The Libertines the first time around but were still desperate to see Barat play live.

While this was Barat’s show, charismatic drummer Gary Powell proved as much a fan favourite all night, with people repeatedly chanting his name.

He was the first to appear on stage, handing sweets out to fans squashed against the barrier.

Much of the set was made up of Dirty Pretty Things and Libertines hits, with a few solo hits thrown in.

Barat and co opened with Bang Bang You’re Dead before rattling through a handful more Dirty Pretty Things tracks including Deadwood.

A furious version of Horrorshow was the first Libertines track while an acoustic version of the slower paced What Katy Did turned into massive sing-a-long with fans.

The atmosphere was electric, with fans hanging on every word Barat sang while dancing along.

One of the highlights of the night was Don’t Look Back Into the Sun before a chaotic finale of I Get Along.

It’s still early days for Corby’s Zombie Hut, but Carl Barat (and friends) have set the bar massively high. Other bands are going to have to go some way to recreate the atmosphere and excitement Barat brought to the venue.

A gallery of higher resolution photos is available to view on Flickr

Carl Barat played:

Bang Bang You’re Dead (Dirty Pretty Things)

Wondering (Dirty Pretty Things)

Deadwood (Dirty Pretty Things)

War Of The Roses

Horrorshow (The Libertines)

Run With The Boys

Gin & Milk (Dirty Pretty Things)

Victory Gin

Death on the Stairs (The Libertines)

Blood Thirsty Bastards (Dirty Pretty Things)

What Katie Did (The Libertines)

Don’t Look Back Into the Sun (The Libertines)

I Get Along (The Libertines)