The Charlatans have announced a 10-day takeover in their hometown of Northwich, during which they’ll play 4 nights at the Memorial Court, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley looks forward to a festival which features an array of special guests.
Northwich’s own The Charlatans are set to play 4 nights at the 650-capacity Northwich Memorial Court on Monday, May 14, Wednesday, May 16, Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18.
The special fourfold of gigs will see the band play two almost completely different sets on the Thursday and Friday, with only Sproston Green, their traditional set-closer, repeated.
All ticketed events will go on sale on Saturday, March 3, through ticket platform Dice, which ensures that secondary ticketing sites can’t get their hands on any to skyrocket prices.
The gigs for part of a 10-day are festival in Northwich, which features an exhibition showing rare Charlatans memorabilia, a week of live bands at The Salty Dog pub, film screenings, podcasts and a vinyl adventures record fair.
The Charlatans Exhibition, shop and event space will be in a riverside unit in Barons Quay in Northwich and will run from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 20 where you’ll be able to see merchandise from their 30-year career. What’s even better is that it’s free to enter and open until 8pm each night.
The Salty Dog pub, a pre-gig drinking spot for The Memorial Court is also running a week vibrant activity, including loads of gigs which will all finish before The Charlatans start across the road.
Deep Cuts favourites Deja Vega kick off the gigs on Monday, May 14, Chris Hawkins hosts a Charlatans pub quiz on Tuesday, May 15; Yucatanplay Wednesday, May 16; Average Sex, who supported the band on their recent tour, play on Thursday, May 16; BMX Bandits play on Friday, May 18.
Retros Music Bar will host aftershow parties with DJ sets from Martin Blunt on Wednesday, May 16, Tim Burgess on Thursday, May 17 and Clint Boon on Friday, May 18.
It’s not just music, best selling author and Manchester icon Dave Haslam will be launching his autobiography, Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor, on the Saturday afternoon opposite the exhibition.
Northwich Odeon is holding special screenings on Saturday, May 19 where fans can catch Bunch of Kunst, the award-winning Sleaford Mods documentary, Factory Floor’s re-score of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Journeyman. Over the course of the day, these films will be intersected with rare Charlatans footage.
Of course, with Tim Burgess an avid lover of vinyl, a Vinyl Adventures Record Fair will take place in in The Plaza on Friday, May 18 from 4pm – 8pm and on Saturday, May 19 from 10pm – 6pm. It’s all free of charge and will features poets such as Tony Walsh and readings from Tim himself.
Finally, Liverpool Sound City will be bringing their Sound City Satellite to Northwich on Friday, May 18, with a conference in the afternoon and their choice of up and coming live acts in the evening. Tim was at last year’s festival where he was in conversation at his Tim Peaks stage and played an intimate acoustic set.
- The Charlatans will take over Northwich between Thursday, May 10 and Sunday, May 20
- They’ll play 4 gigs at Northwich Memorial Hall on May 14, 16, 17 and 18 with tickets on sale on Saturday, March 3 through Dice.