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  • Michael Hundertmark

The Charlatans play an all-out energetic 30th Anniversary tour date at O2 Brixton Academy

***** 5/5

With Tim Burgess and his band strolling onto stage at the prominent Brixton Academy, Tim Burgess thanks his loyal fans down the front and announces proudly he ‘had played Brixton seventeen times already’. The Charlatans showed they still have the energy, vibrancy and energy as they did have with the Madchester scene in the 90’s

The Charlatans celebrated the 30h anniversary tour with the band’s first release being ‘Some Friendly; and burgess constantly raised his arms to embrace his fans base with his blond bleached bob.

Despite a disinterested opening response from the mixed crowd, the heavy organs of the introduction ‘Forever; and the heavy organs of ‘Weirdo’ instantly brought the concert to life.

Throughout tonight’s performance, the backdrop was compiled of videos and pictures which shed light on their turbulent but successful time as a band! Only three members of the Charlatans' classic line-up, from the early '90s, are still alive, including bassist Martin Blunt, who suffered from depression during that period. And Keyboardist Rob Collins died at age 33 in a 1996 a car accident when his BMW careened off a road and this tour certainly played homage to these band members.

Despite The Charlatan’s illustrious career, with ‘The Only One I Know springing to mind, the energy from the crowd was matched by the band on stage, which created an electric vibrant atmosphere under the dome of the Brixton academy and the 4900 odd strong crowd only wanted more by the time the encore songs were panned out!

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