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CHARLATANS TAKE IT BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN... FRONTMAN TIM BURGESS ANNOUNCES A RUN OF INTIMATE SHOWS IN THE BAND'S HOMETOWN OF NORTHWICH, AND AN ACCOMPANYING FESTIVAL.

Byline: SIMON BINNS simon.binns@trinitymirror.com @simonbinns

THE Charlatans are going back to where it all started with a run of special gigs at a tiny venue in Northwich, and tickets go on sale tomorrow (March 3) at 10am.

The band will play four dates at Northwich Memorial Court - which has a capacity of 650 - on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 14, 16, 17 and 18.

On the Thursday and Friday, The Charlatans will play two completely different sets - although they will finish with Sproston Green at both. No other songs will be repeated.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow through ticket platform Dice - meaning secondary ticketing sites can't get hold of any.

The band are also curating 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.

The Charlatans Exhibition, shop and event space will be in a riverside unit in Barons Quay in Northwich and will run from May 10 - 20 with rare memorabilia, instruments and merchandise from the band's near 30 years together. It's free and open each day until 8pm.

The Salty Dog pub, across the road from The Memorial Court, is also running a week of events and gigs.

Deja Vega play on Monday 14; Chris Hawkins and very special guests hosts a Charlatans pub quiz on Tuesday 15; Yucatan play Wednesday 16; Average Sex on Thursday 16; BMX Bandits play on Friday 18 and on Saturday 19, there's a gig from Riding The Low - the band fronted by British actor Paddy Considine. The week rounds off with a gig by The Blinders on Sunday 20.

All gigs at The Salty Dog will finish before The Charlatans' shows start.

There is also a special show at Northwich Library, as part of Get It Loud in Libraries. CityLife Breakthrough 2018 winners Slow Readers Club will play on Saturday, May 19, supported by Tom Mouse Smith.

BAFTA winning director Considine will be doing The Two Shot Podcast Live at The Odeon on Saturday 19, followed by a showing of Journeyman, the new film that he both stars in and directed, co-starting new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker.

Best selling author Dave Haslam will be launching his autobiography, Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor, on the Saturday afternoon in one of the units opposite the hub and exhibition.

Retros will host aftershow parties with DJ sets from Martin Blunt on the Wednesday, Tim Burgess on the Thursday and Clint Boon on the Friday.

Northwich Odeon is holding special screenings on Saturday 19 -Bunch of Kunst, the award wining Sleaford Mods documentary, Factory Floor's re-score of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Journeyman. They will be interspersed with Charlatans videos and live coverage.

Sandiway Ales have made a limited blonde ale called CW9, which will be available in bottles and cask in various outlets over the 10 days.

A Vinyl Adventures Record Fair will take place in The Plaza on Friday 18 from 4pm - 8pm, and on Saturday 19, from 10pm - 6pm.

The free admission event will feature performances by poet Tony Walsh, Stargazing Live Professor Tim O Brien and Tim Burgess will be doing a book reading. You can also expect 40 stalls with vinyl, memorabilia and there's even a PS4,000 record cleaner on hand if your vinyl needs some TLC.

Liverpool Sound City will be bringing their Sound City Satellite to Northwich on Friday May 18, with a conference in the afternoon and their choice of up-and-coming live acts in the evening.

Northwich in Cheshire was the starting point for The Charlatans, when the band released Indian Rope in 1990. Since then the band have grown, played around the world and released 13 albums - three of them reaching Number 1. "We're really excited about our four shows in Northwich," said frontman Burgess. "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..."

? You can buy tickets from 10am tomorrow (Saturday). There's also a pre-sale from 8am for fans who sign up to the mailing list.

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