Gig Review by Nic Jones with Photography by James Bissett

The Charlatans

After a successful start featuring Paolo Nutini, ‘Summer In The City’ had its first Saturday night show headlined by Britpop stalwarts The Charlatans. Fresh off entertaining gig-goers at Glastonbury, Tim Burgess and co. arrived in a sunny Manchester to face a small but noisy crowd, ready to celebrate the heydays of indie music.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Castlefield Bowl is a venue at its best for this kind of band, in this kind of weather. Small enough to feel like a more intimate experience yet the outdoor setting gives it its edge; it perfectly hosts a crowd gathered to watch The Charlatans and in a buoyant mood.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Walking onto stage to the Coronation Street theme, the band is greeted with rapturous applause and they launch straight into a set which focuses on what they do best – euphoric and thrilling indie. The hits are still great great fun to see live. ‘How High’, ‘North Country Boy’, ‘One To Another’, and ‘The Only One I Know’ bring the crowd to life, and rightly so. These are the kind of songs which helped define an era of music and they have stood the test of time. One glance around the Bowl during ‘How High’ shows how well loved these tracks still are. Performed in an outdoor venue they are given fresh life, assuring The Charlatans will have a spot on the festival circuit for years to come no doubt.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

Newer material still has its place though. Whilst tracks like ‘Let The Good Times Be Never Ending’ may not stir the crowd as much as the bigger hits, they are solidly performed and the sound works well within the overall set. Much of this is due to Burgess’ enthusiasm. He has retained his on-stage swagger throughout the years. His ability to spur on the audience is never in question and his voice sounds the same as it always has.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

As long as there is nostalgia for Britpop there will be a place for The Charlatans, and as long as they can continue to entertain crowds as they have tonight they will draw crowds who will be ready to dance along with them. The Charlatans are a great live band, and very much worth watching.

The Charlatans

The Charlatans

One Response to “Summer In The City: The Charlatans at Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, UK – 5th July 2015”

  1. Gig Reviews | Gig Photography | Interviews | Competitions from Gig Junkies » Blog Archive » Summer In The City: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at Castlefield Bowl, Manchester, UK – 3rd July 2015 Says:

    […] about offering variety. Kicking off with soulful Paolo Nutini and featuring Britpop-indie legends The Charlatans, sandwiched neatly in the middle is the reunited Beautiful South duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui […]

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