The Charlatans play intimate acoustic gig in Manchester

Frontman Tim Burgess and guitarist Mark Collins perform 8-song set in aid of Salford Lads Club

The CharlatansTim Burgess and Mark Collins performed an intimate acoustic show tonight (October 20) in Manchester.

Playing at the Ruby Lounge venue for Topman CTRL, the Burgess-curated show was in aid of raising money for Salford Lads Club.

Kicking off with 2008 single ‘Oh! Vanity’, the pair then followed up with ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘Smash The System’ and ‘A Man Needs To Be Told’.


“This ones for Salford Lads Club,” Burgess said. “Let’s keep it going for another 100 years”. The pair then launched into 2006 single, ‘Blackened Blue Eyes’.

Next followed ‘When I Wonder’ and ‘Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over’, before Burgess invited Hatcham Social‘s drummer Finnigan Kidd on stage to play on the set closer, ‘North Country Boy’.

The Charlatans played:

‘Oh! Vanity’
‘The Only One I Know ‘
‘Smash The System’
‘A Man Needs To Be Told’
‘Blackened Blue Eyes’
‘When I Wonder’
‘Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over’
‘North Country Boy’

Earlier in the night first on stage was Morecambe‘s The Heartbreaks, whose set featured their debut single ‘Liar, My Dear’ and current single ‘I Didn’t Think It Would Hurt To Think Of You’, before finishing with ‘Jealous’.

Also supporting were Factory Floor, plus Hatcham Social, who aired a number of songs from their debut album, ‘You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil’, including ‘So So Happy Making’.


DJs on the night included Tim Burgess and former New Order/Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris.


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