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Charlatans review: A welcome return to the good times

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

By Andrew Johnston

Published 04/05/2015

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess

It was the turn of 1990s indie lovers to go back in time with 'Madchester' stalwarts The Charlatans on Saturday night.

The band - the current line-up features just bassist Martin Blunt from their earliest days - have persevered through changing fashions, fluctuating sales and the deaths of two members.

The omens for the show hadn't been good, considering vocalist Tim Burgess's poor reputation for live singing and an uninspiring appearance on last week's Later... With Jools Holland.

That didn't stop a packed festival marquee coming to see their first headlining Belfast gig since 2008. Around half the set featured tracks from latest album, Modern Nature.

The likes of Come Home Baby and Let The Good Times Be Never Ending were the work of a forward-thinking outfit. By the time indie disco staple The Only One I Know and Sproston Green were wheeled out, several thousand people were 19 again.

Four stars

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