Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new best-of compilation ‘A Head Full of Ideas’, The Charlatans will be hitting the road next week to showcase all the best moments from a career spanning 13 Top-40 studio albums and 22 hit singles. They will be calling into Exeter Great Hall on 14 December.
A Head Full of Ideas will sum up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring bands.
Highs and lows
Over the years, the band have notched up 13 Top 40 studio albums – three of them number ones – alongside 22 hit singles, four of them top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.
Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed. The classic Charlatans sound – driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal – is instantly recognisable.
And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their last album, Different Days as “one of their best ever”.
In celebration of the new best-of album, an accompanying Winter Tour will begin at Belfast, Limelight 22/11/21 and finish in Aberdeen on 20/12/21. With tickets on sale now, full dates and details are as follows:
30TH ANNIVERSARY – LIVE DATES:
22nd Belfast, Limelight
23rd Dublin, Olympia
25th Buckley, The Tivoli
26th Bristol, O2 Academy
27th Birmingham, O2 Academy
29th Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
30th Bournemouth, Academy
02nd Oxford, O2 Academy
03rd Cambridge, Corn Exchange
04th Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
06th Lincoln, Engine Shed
08th Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory
09th Newcastle, City Hall
10th London, Brixton Academy
14th Exeter, Great Hall
16th Nottingham, Rock City
17th Leeds, O2 Academy
18th Glasgow, O2 Academy
20th Aberdeen, Music Hall
21st Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
Tickets are on sale now, available from: https://www.thecharlatans.net/gigs