FESTIVAL NEWS: The Charlatans take over Northwich for their own festival


THE CHARLATANS have confirmed some almighty plans; four live dates and their own festival in their hometown, Northwich. The band will headline four shows at Northwich Memorial Court on Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May. On the Thursday and Friday the band will play completely different sets.

The band are also collating their own festival in Northwich spread over ten days, featuring an exhibition, showing rare Charlatans memorabilia, a week of live bands at The Salty Dog pub, film screenings and podcasts – Craig Parkinson will be hosting The Two Shot Podcast featuring Paddy Considine, a Vinyl Adventures record fair and much more. Scroll down for a full schedule of events.

All ticketed events are on sale through ticket platform Dice. This will ensure that the tickets are unavailable to secondary ticketing sites. Fans should go to the following link for tickets https://Charlatans.lnk.to/NorthwichPR.

Northwich in Cheshire was the starting point for THE CHARLATANS with their release of Indian Rope in 1990. Since then the band have grown, played and moved around the globe and released thirteen albums – three reaching Number 1. Their current album Different Days, features an array of creative friends, including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Sharon Horgan and Ian Rankin amongst others and entered the charts at Number 5.

“We’re really excited about our four shows in Northwich. We rehearsed at The Memorial Court for our last tour and we all pretty much said at the same time that we had to play there. As with most Charlatans events, we thought of lots of stuff we could do around the gigs – so we called some friends, found a space for an exhibition, borrowed a 1930s cinema and the results ended up pretty mind blowing. See you in Northwich in May?”THE CHARLATANS


The Charlatans Live at Northwich Memorial Court
Monday 14th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May
The Charlatans will headline four shows at Northwich Memorial Court in May. On the Thursday and Friday the band will play completely different sets.

The Charlatans Exhibition & Shop
Thursday 10th – Sunday 20th, Barons Quay
Photography, rare memorabilia, instruments and merchandise from the band’s near 30 years together. Free and open each day until 8pm in a riverside unit in Barons Quay.

Live bands

Monday 14th – Sunday 20th, The Salty Dog
Monday: Deja Vega
Tuesday: Charlatans Quiz with Chris Hawkins and very special guests
Wednesday: Yucatan
Thursday: Average Sex
Friday: BMX Bandits
Saturday: Riding The Low
Sunday: The Blinders (All ages show. Under 18s must be with an adult)
A week of live bands at the Salty Dog, a 100 capacity pub across from the Memorial Court. Bands will finish in time for people to walk over and watch The Charlatans – there’ll be no support bands playing at Memorial Court.

The Slow Readers Club
Saturday 19th, Northwich Library
The Slow Readers Club supported by Tom Mouse Smith at Northwich Library, part of Get it Loud In Libraries.

Podcast and Film screenings
Saturday 19th, Northwich Odeon
BAFTA winning director Paddy Considine will be taking part in The Two Shot Podcast Live at The Odeon on Saturday 19th followed by a showing of Journeyman, the new film which he both stars in and directed.

Also, as part of The Two Shot Podcast Live, best selling author Dave Haslam will be launching his autobiography Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor on the Saturday afternoon in one the units opposite The Charlatans’ exhibition. The Two Shot Podcast is hosted by Craig Parkinson.

Film screenings include:

– Bunch of Kunst, the award wining Sleaford Mods documentary
– Factory Floor’s re-score of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
– Journeyman

Aftershow parties
Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th, Retros
Retros will host aftershow parties with DJ sets from Martin on Wednesday, Tim on Thursday and Clint Boon on Friday.

Vinyl Adventures record fair
Friday 18th 4-8pm, Saturday 19th 10am-6pm, The Plaza
Featuring performances by Tony Walsh, Stargazing Live’s Professor Tim O’Brien, plus Tim Burgess will be doing a book reading. Plus 40 stalls with vinyl and memorabilia; there’s even a £4,000 record cleaner on hand if your vinyl needs some TLC. Free entry.

CW9 beer
Thursday 10th – Sunday 20th, various venues
Teaming up with Sandiway Ales, CW9, our limited blonde beer 4% ABV will be available in bottles and cask in various outlets over the 10 days.

Sound City Satellite
Friday 18th May, Barons Quay
One of the UK’s most respected festivals, Liverpool Sound City will be bringing their Sound City Satellite to Northwich with a conference in the afternoon and some of their choice of the best up and coming live acts in the evening.


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