Q&A: The Charlatans talk bringing ‘rock n soul’ to Belfast

Iconic rockers The Charlatans are set to finish up their current UK and Ireland tour in Belfast next month.

Tim Burgess, Mark Collins, Martin Blunt, and Tony Rogers will perform at the Limelight in the city centre on December 11 and will be joined by The Verve’s Pete Salisbury on drums.

With a new album, Different Days in May, which boasts guest performers including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and New Order’s Stephen Morris, the Belfast Telegraph grabbed the quick Q&A with the four-piece before they take to the Belfast stage.

Q. What can audiences expect from your Belfast show?

What they always get, a show that will remind you of why people used to buy records and get lost in the moment.

Q. How would you describe your particular style of music?

Rock n soul

Q. Who is your favourite Irish musician or band?

The Pogues

Q. Which band or musician do you think everyone should see live?

Us, of course.

Q. What is the best and the worst thing about touring?

Best thing of course is the start, worst thing is the end, along with the hangovers (for some of us that is).

Q. If you had to listen to one song on repeat for 24 hours what would it be?

We actually did whilst making the 1999 album Us And Us Only, we played the song Forever on a loop for almost two days,  it was originally 14 minutes long and we had to edit it,  we eventually got it down to eight minutes,

It was the first single to be released off that album and Universal Records asked us to do an edit for radio that came in under four minutes, impossible! We eventually got it down to just under five.

Q. Which of your gigs have been most memorable and why?

The last one, it was only a few weeks ago. There are some I’d like to forget.

Q. Would you ever admit to having a favourite member of One Direction?

I would, if I knew their names.

Belfast Telegraph Digital


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