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THE CHARLATANS are going back to their roots with an intimate homecoming gig at MANCHESTER DEBATING HALL on July 10.

The band will play to their smallest audience for 12 years – just 500 fans – when they return to the venue where they promoted debut single ‘Indian Rope’ on their first ever tour in 1990.

The gig is the second in the Carling Homecoming series, which kicked off with Jamiroquai playing a tiny show on his old stomping ground of Ealing, west London, in May.

“I am looking forward to it,” said Tim Burgess. “It’ll be cool. Manchester’s a special place for us. It’s here we made our name back in the early days. I just love playing live. We’re sounding great right now, incredible. I can’t wait to play Manchester. Music rules”.

Tickets aren’t being put on sale but the Carling website, www.carlinglive.com, is giving fans the chance to win them. The gig will be also be shown on Channel 4 in a special documentary featuring the live set and interviews with the band, date and time tbc.

The first Carling Homecoming gig was on May 15 when Jamiroquai played to 300 fans at the Broadway Boulevard in Ealing, the suburb where Jay Kay got his “musical shit together” and founded the band.

Carling Homecoming gigs, in which leading bands head back to the place they started out, will continue throughout the year.