FUNKY TIM!

And the likes of Starsailor and Dexy's Midnight Runners are there to see it...

Starsailor frontman JAMES WALSH, former DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

singer KEVIN ROWLAND and Oasis manager MARCUS RUSSELL were among the capacity crowd at the Charlatans’ NME CARLING SHOW at the LONDON ASTORIA last night (February 11).

Charlatans’ performance enthralled the capacity crowd, with Russell describing them to NME as “one of the best bands in the world” during their performance.

Walsh recently guested onstage with Charlatans

in New York, where he and Charlatans singer

Tim Burgess duetted on a version of Bob Dylan

‘s ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’. It was widely believed that Walsh would join his former touring partners again last night to reprise the performance, but having appeared on the Astoria stage twice already during NME’s series of shows he surprisingly did not complete the hat trick.

Charlatans’ set consisted was roughly divided between tracks from their most recent LP ‘Wonderland’ and hit singles spanning their entire career, including ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘Weirdo’, ‘North Country Boy’ and ‘Impossible’.

Charlatans

were supported by Reading’s Cooper Temple Clause, making their second appearance at an NME Carling Show after supporting Doves

last year. The bill was completed by ex-Ultrasound star Matt Jones’ new band Minuteman and promising Northern rockers Moco.

The NME Carling series of shows continues tonight (February 12) with a headlining appearance from Canadian rockers Nickelback. Rival Schools, Backyard Babies and The Parkinsons also appear.