The Charlatans - A Head Full of Ideas

Monday 6 Dec, 2021 | 18:00 - 14+

THE CHARLATANS w/ Special Guests Martin Carr & What Future






THE CHARLATANS are proud to announce their (Covid) delayed 30th Anniversary Tour and that they will release a special album box set on limited edition blue vinyl on Then Recordings through Republic Of Music on the 15th of October 2021.


‘A Head Full Of Ideas’ features five albums and an exclusive seven - inch single and is a career-spanning collection that sums up their remarkable progress from 1990 Manchester scene hopefuls to one of the UK’s most enduring and best-loved bands. The accompanying tour will visit eighteen cities and will kick off at The Limelight in Belfast on the 22nd of November and finish up in Aberdeen on the 20th of December 2021.


In a remarkable and genre bursting career, THE CHARLATANS have notched up thirteen Top 40 studio albums - three of them number ones - alongside twenty two hit singles, four of them Top 10. The rollercoaster highs have been accompanied by some shattering lows, any which one of them could have felled a less resilient band, from nervous breakdowns to near bankruptcy and the deaths of two founder members.


Somehow, they have not just carried on but adapted and transformed many times over the years. The classic Charlatans sound - driving Hammond organ, Northern Soul and house-influenced rhythms, swaggering guitars and Tim Burgess’s sunny yet somehow yearning vocal - is instantly recognisable. And in spite of everything they have been through their music is now more relevant than ever, The Guardian described their most recent album ‘Different Days’ as “one of their best ever”.


This limited box set, is a diverse collection portrayed over five blue vinyl LP’s, spanning their hits, classic live performances, unheard demo’s and rarities and remixes from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Norman Cook and Sleaford Mods. The package will will also include an exclusive seven inch single featuring demo versions of  ‘Indian Rope’/ ’The Only One I Know’, a signed print of a tour poster from the early 1990’s together with a booklet featuring unseen photographs and sleeve notes by friend and journalist Dave Simpson. There will also be triple vinyl LP version and 2CD deluxe of the box set featuring the hits albums plus the live album, and finally a cd or vinyl of just the hits albums.


Their iconic and hugely adored live track ‘One To Another’ (circa 1997) provides the titles for the individual vinyl collection within the box set. Each piece of vinyl is named after a lyric from the song.


Here is the full track listing;




Side A 

The Only One I Know                                       


Can’t Get Out of Bed                                             

Jesus Hairdo                                                           

Just When You’re Thinking Things Over        

North Country Boy

Side B 

Tellin’ Stories

One to Another

How High



Side C 

Love Is the Key                                                      

A Man Needs to Be Told                                       

Up at The Lake                                                       

Blackened Blue Eyes                                            

Oh Vanity                                                                 

Side D 

My Foolish Pride

Come Home Baby

Let the Good Times Be Never Ending

Plastic Machinery

Totally Eclipsing





Side A 

Polar Bear - Blackburn Kings Hall 1990

Indian Rope - Reading Festival 1992

Can’t Even Be Bothered- Reading Festival 1992 

Can’t Get Out Of Bed- Glasgow Tramway, Sound City 1994                                                      

I Never Want an Easy Life (If Me & Him Were Ever To Get There) - Glasgow Tramway Sound City 1994

Then – Glastonbury Festival 1995

Side B 

Here Comes Soul Saver- Hultsfred Festival , Sweden 1997

Just Lookin’- Hultsfred Fest Sweden 1997

My Beautiful Friend- Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007

The Blind Stagger - Delamare Forest, Cheshire 2007                                                                  

Sproston Green– Reading Festival 1999



PLEASED TO MEET YOU (DEMO’S):                                                        


Side A 

C’mon C’mon (Demo)                                                        

Sleepy Little Sunshine Boy (Demo)                                         

Dardanella (Demo)                                                                            

So Oh  (Demo)                                                                                       

Always On My Mind (Demo)

Side B 

Everybody Ha Ha (Demo)

Commuter Computer (Demo)

Crystal Eyes (Demo)

Polar Bear (Demo)

I Need You to Know (Demo)





Side A 

Plastic Machinery Sleaford Mods Remix                 

Nine Acre Dust Chemical Brothers Remix                              

Not Forgotten Brian Jonestown Massacre Remix                              

Tellin’ Stories The Go! Team Remix

Side B 

Trouble Understanding Norman Cook Remix

My Beautiful Friend Jagz Kooner Remix

Hey Sunrise The Orb Remix

You’re So Pretty, We’re so Pretty Lo Fidelity Allstars Remix    




Side A 

Indian Rope (Demo)

Side AA

The Only One I Know (Demo)        


To celebrate their anniversary and the box set the band have confirmed an extensive UK & Ireland tour.


November 2021

22nd                    Belfast, Limelight

23rd                     Dublin, Olympia

25th                      Wrexham, William Aston Hall

26th                      Bristol, O2 Academy

27th                      Birmingham, O2 Academy

29th                      Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

30th                      Bournemouth, Academy

December 2021

02nd                      Oxford, O2 Academy

03rd                      Cambridge, Corn Exchange

04th                      Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse

06th                      Lincoln, Engine Shed

08th                      Liverpool, Invisible Wind Factory

09th                      Newcastle, City Hall

10th                      London, O2 Brixton Academy

16th                      Nottingham, Rock City

17th                      Leeds, O2 Academy

18th                      Glasgow, O2 Academy

20th                      Aberdeen, Music Hall


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