It was a special night for Stockton as The Libertines frontman, Carl Barat and his band, The Jackals paid a visit to KU Bar.
The room was packed. And the sheer hype of the crowd was building up from the second I walked into the venue. Energetic punk rock four-piece, BlackWaters, from Guildford, took to the stage first. Their set was ruthlessly intense and brimming with attitude. A highlight, for me, was track ‘Fuck Yeah’ – an angry, in-your-face anthem in which the frontman stood up on the rails screaming the chorus as the crowd screamed right back at him. For a young band, they were tight and had a whole heap of charisma.
Up next was Lock – a fantastic, female indie-pop unit from London. Their sound was a unique and dark twist on the indie-pop genre which, to me, sets them about from the generic indie-pop outfits out there at the moment. A neon light with the band’s name in capital letter beams in the middle of the stage as they whisk the room through a beautiful set-list. What strikes me most about them is the profound ‘newness’ of their sound. It’s so fresh and an interesting change of pace for hardcore gig-goers.
There was a suspenseful wait leading up to the highly-anticipated headliners and you could feel an electrifying energy rise in the room as Carl Barat and The Jackals finally took to the stage. The crowd got rowdier and rowdier as we were taken through a dark and heavy set, including new song ‘Sister’, Libertines’ tracks such as ‘Death on the Stairs’ (which was dedicated to KU Bar owner, Jimmy Beck), and songs from Carl’s Dirty Pretty Things days such as ‘Gin and Milk’. It goes without saying that this was a huge contender for ‘Gig of The Year’. You could just see by the way the crowd moved to the music that we’d just witnessed something quite special. With multiple encores, it was a shame it had to come to an end.