Northwich welcomes the Charlatans

22 February 2018

To celebrate the return of the Charlatans to Northwich there’s ten days of events and activities being planned in May.

The band play four nights at the Northwich Memorial Court on Monday 14, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May. On the Thursday and Friday, The Charlatans will play two completely different sets. Tickets go on sale on Saturday March 3 through ticketing agent Dice. The band is working with the agent to prevent tickets ending up at inflated prices on other ticketing sites. 

The band relocated to the home town of lead singer Tim Burgess (born in Salford, but lived in Northwich from an early age) before the 1990 release of The Charlatans' first single ‘Indian Rope’.

Barons Quay will host a free Charlatans Exhibition, shop and event space from May 10 to 20 with rare memorabilia, instruments and merchandise from the bands near 30 years together. The riverside shop unit will be open each day until 8pm. 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing said: “Both Memorial Court and Barons Quay provide the backdrop for what will be over a week of fantastic entertainment in Northwich.

“The Charlatans are playing in Prague, Munich, Zurich and Luxembourg this month, they have festival dates in the UK during the summer so four nights in Northwich is a fitting homecoming for our local band”. 

Northwich has seen substantial public and private investment and development in recent years. The benefits are already being felt, with a 10 per cent increase in footfall to the town centre.

Examples include recent investment in new housing, better leisure facilities at the £15 million Memorial Court, the opening of the award winning Lion Salt Works, new bars and restaurants opening on Witton Street and the construction phase of Barons Quay now complete.

£20 million of investment has completely transformed the waterfront, which is now home to Waitrose, extra care housing and marina, flood defences have been installed and funding secured for public realm and highway improvements.

Events during the week include:

Vinyl Adventures Record Fair in The Plaza
  • Friday 18 May from 4pm - 8pm
  • Saturday 19 May 10pm - 6pm
Featuring performances by Tony Walsh (poet who did This Is The Place), Stargazing Live’s Professor Tim O Brien, plus Tim Burgess will be doing a book reading.

Plus 40 stalls with vinyl, memorabilia and there’s even a £4,000 record cleaner on hand if your vinyl needs some TLC.

One of the UK’s most respected festivals; Liverpool Sound City will be bringing their Sound City Satellite to Northwich on Friday May 18 with a conference in the afternoon and some of their choice of the best up and coming live acts in the evening, based underneath the Northwich Odeon and opposite the Charlatans exhibition.

The Salty Dog
  • Monday 14: Deja Vega
  • Tuesday 15: A Charlatans Quiz with Chris Hawkins and very special guests
  • Wednesday 16: Yucatan
  • Thursday 17: Average Sex
  • Friday 18: BMX Bandits
  • Saturday 19: Riding The Low (featuring lead singer and actor Paddy Considine)
  • Sunday 20: The Blinders (all ages show. Under 18s must be with an adult)
Bands in The Salty Dog will finish in time for people to walk over and watch The Charlatans there are no support bands playing in The Memorial Court.

Northwich Library
  • Saturday 19: The Slow Readers Club, supported by Tom Mouse Smith 
Get It Loud In Libraries has been putting gigs in libraries for the last ten years. 

Northwich Odeon
Saturday 19: BAFTA winning director Paddy Considine will be doing The Two Shot Podcast Live at The Odeon , followed by a showing of Journeyman, the new film that he both stars in and directed (co-starting new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker) 

Bunch of Kunst, the award winning Sleaford Mods documentary 

Factory Floor’s re-score of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Barons Quay
Saturday 19:  Best-selling author Dave Haslam will be launching his autobiography Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor in the afternoon in one the units opposite the hub and exhibition

Retros Music Bar
After show parties with DJ sets from:
  • Wednesday 16: Martin Blunt
  • Thursday 17: Tim Burgess
  • Friday 18: Clint Boon

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