The crowd at Manchester University Students' Union are treated to a greatest hits set...

THE CHARLATANS played a tiny fans-only gig in MANCHESTER last night (July 9).

The show was the second in a series of ‘Carling Homecoming’ shows, where big-name bands return to play the venues of seminal hometurf gigs in their history.

Around 500 competition winners packed into the University student’s union, the same venue where the band had played on their first UK tour in 1990, in support of their ‘Indian Rope’ single.

The band played a full greatest-hits set, with Tim Burgess telling the crowd, “it’s like a family reunion or something.”

Fans had been selected by competitions across various websites and magazines, including NME.COM, and were asked only to make a donation to cancer research organisations, following keyboardist Tony Rogers’ struggle with the illness.

Claire O’Rourke, a 19-year-old fan from Manchester, told NME.COM “It was top, I was on the front row as well, Tim shook my hand three times, it was well mint. Best concert I’ve been to, it was top. ‘Weirdo” was my favourite song, but the best bit was when he shook my hand though.”

The full set-list was: ‘Love Is The Key’


‘North Country Boy’

‘Tellin’ Stories’

‘Just Lookin”

‘A Man Needs To Be Told’

‘One To Another’

‘The Only One I Know’


‘You’re So Pretty, We’re So Pretty’

‘Can’t Get Out Of Bed’


‘How High’

‘Get On It’

‘Is It In You’

‘And If I Fall’

‘Sproston Green’