Charlatans unplugged

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THE two creative driving forces behind one of the UK’s biggest rock acts of the past decades are to play an intimate acoustic gig in St Helens.

Tim Burgess and Mark Collins from the Charlatans (pictured) will perform songs from their lengthy career.

The Citadel gig is expected to be a massive sell-out and will be feature support from up and coming acts, The Replicas and Joseph Coward.

It’s not the first time the band have appeared at the Citadel.

They played the Water Street venue as fresh-faced young indie whipper snappers in the late 1980s shortly before their debut chart hit, The Only One I Know.

Since then they’ve been an almost constant presence on the UK alternative music scene, while also scoring chart success with One to Another and North Country Boy. They caused widespread bewilderment among record industry executive when in 2007, they decided to give their seventh album, You Cross My Path, away for free.

And while the band have supported both the Rolling Stones and Oasis, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans along the way, they’ve embarked on a series of smaller gigs at popular venues up and down the UK, kicking off with the Citadel on Wednesday, July 27.

Singer Tim Burgess will also perform a DJ set after the gig with Nick Void.

* Tickets for the July 27 gig are priced £15. Doors open at 8pm. For further information or to book tickets call the Citadel box office on 01744 735436 or visit the Citadel website