Bands perform one-dayer at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in honour of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool's Charlie Haddon
The one-day event was organised to celebrate the life of their friend Charlie Haddon of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool who died in 2010. They topped a packed bill of eleven bands which included Spector, Frankie And The Heartstrings, Ghosts, Safari, Lois & the Love, I Dream In Colour, Jen Armstrong and Tim Burgess, who dipped deep into The Charlatans‘ back catalogue.
Tribes frontman Johnny Lloyd explained to the audience what the event meant to everyone involved, dedicating ‘Sappho’ to Charlie’s father Steve and introducing ‘Nightdriving’ as “the song we wrote for Charlie”. He applauded the capacity crowd for supporting the gig, which helped to raise funds for the Prince’s Trust, before adding: “It’s a testament to Charlie to see so many of you here and so many great bands on the bill.”
The Horrors also thanked Charlie’s father for his work helping to organise the gig before singer Faris Badwan suggested the event, which started at Koko in 2010, could become an annual fixture when he asked the crowd: “Who fancies coming to Chazzstock next year?” They closed their set with sprawling versions of ‘Endless Blue’, ‘Sea Within A Sea’ and ‘Still Life’.
The Vaccines concluded the night in imperious style, tearing through new single ‘No Hope’ and ‘Wreckin’ Bar’ in between bantering with the crowd. Playing in Wolverhampton for the first time, the band’s 45-minute set included two more new songs – the punky ‘Teenage Icon’ and the garage stomp of ‘Bad Mood’. Singer Justin Young joked that the latter “will be on the new record, but you can pretend like you’ve heard it before”.
Young also paid tribute to the strength of the line-up, saying that as a teenager some of his favourite shows were all-dayers “where you get to see your favourite bands and a few new ones as well”. After closing with a rapturously-received ‘Nørgaard’ the band were joined onstage by some of Charlie’s friends and family as Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s anthem ‘Dance The Way I Feel’ played out to bring the night to a poignant end.
The Vaccines played:
‘Under Your Thumb’
‘Post Break-Up Sex’
‘All In White’
‘Blow It Up’
‘If You Wanna’