Dirty Pretty Things and The Enemy to perform gig in Pentonville prison
Dirty Pretty Thinks and The Enemy are joining forces for a Johnny Cash style concert at Pentonville prison. The event will take place this coming bank holiday Monday, after Justice Secretary Jack Straw gave the go-ahead.
Reminiscent of Cash’s gigs at Folsom and San Quentin prisons, the gig will take place in the prison chapel, though DPT’s frontman Carl Barat will also reform an acoustic set outside prisoner’s cells.
The event aims to raise awareness for the Wasted Youth campaign, which highlights the growing number of suicides amongst young men. The campaign was started by journalist Dan Fulvio, whose 22 year old brother killed himself last Christmas Eve. He has since worked with suicide prevention charities, and has started Wasted Youth to help young men speak out about their problems through music.
The publicist for Dirty Pretty Things front man Carl Barat has said: ‘They asked Carl to do it and told us how many young males are killing themselves every year, especially in prisons. It was a case of “Hang on, what can we do about it?”
Organisers were also keen to get Barat’s former Libertine band mate Pete Doherty onto the line up, who has himself spent time in prison after stealing from Barat to fund his drug habit. However, prison services prevented Doherty’s participation, fearing his involvement would over-shadow the events message.