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Gary Powell

Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things

Gary Powell

Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things has become a true, blue-blooded part of British Rock ‘n’ Roll royalty, playing with two of the most influential and talked about bands of the last decade, the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things.

Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things earned his spurs playing percussion in classical bands. After switching to slightly ‘louder’ forms of music, Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things’s reputation as an amazing drummer spread, leading to him being asked to tour with the legendary Eddie Grant.

Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things

When Banny Poostchi (the then Libertines manager) wanted a drummer for the band, Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things’s relentless good humour and outstanding ability made him the obvious choice. Eighteen months later the band signed to Rough Trade Records. Support slots with the likes of The Strokes and The Vines led to the media opening their eyes and ears to the Libertines, and christening them as the great new hopes of music. The rest of the story is history and The Libertines became the most loved, feted and influential bands of the era.

Following the Libertine’s spilt in 2004, Dirty Pretty Things were born. Managed by the iconic Alan McGee, their first album was recorded in California with high profile producer Dave Sardy, and in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan. The band’s debut album “Waterloo To Anywhere” was released in 2006 and reached No. 3 in the music charts and received critical approval. The first single from the album “Bang Bang, You’re Dead” reached No. 5 in the singles charts in the first week of sales.

Touring extensively in 2006, Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things performed with the band at Isle of Wight Festival, Wireless Festival, T in the Park and Oxegen, as well as playing with Red Hot Chilli Peppers at their shows in 2006.

Gary Powell from Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things has had a long, varied and colourful DJ career. Starting out in some of London’s coolest hangouts, Gary soon graduated to some of London’s best known and biggest venues - cumulating in his long term residency for club NME at London’s Koko. Gary also resided at Carl Barat’s club night as well as other numerous DJ gigs throughout the capital.

The infamy of the bands, as well as Gary’s growing reputation as a DJ, led to numerous national and international DJ gigs. Gary has to date DJd throughout the UK and has spun records in 17 countries, from Moscow to Madrid, Berlin to Brazil, and Paris to St Petersburg.

Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things - Gary Powell judge

The Open Mic UK singing competition has music industry judges attend every stage from auditions to the National Final. We have judges from Radio 1, Kerrang!, BBC Introducing, regional press and record labels. Check out our full list of singing competition judges here.

Want to play in front of these judges? Get your music heard by the right people, and what could be better than to perform in front of them live?

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