Having seen Blur three days earlier, it was now the turn of The Charlatans for what seems like a month of 90s bands concerts (Suede and James to come later in the month)
I love The Charlatans and had never seen them before, so this was a no brainer as soon as it was announced.
The venue, was a tent situated in Falls Park, and easy to get to once you access the park.
Support, came from a local band called Echo Raptors. So 90s influenced were they, they could almost be peers of Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. Their singer even looked like John Power.
For all that, they were actually quite good and well worth checking out. The crowd certainly enjoyed them, though I got the impression they were friends and family. Hopefully, their fanbase will grow to a bit more.
The Charlatans then came on, to a lot of people’s surprise. I, like many others, had expected Happy Mondays to be supporting The Charlatans, as opposed to the other way around.
During Echo Raptors set, and for a bit of The Charlatans set, there seemed to be problems with the bass from the speakers, though it might just have seemed that way.
The Charlatans came on, and burst straight into “Forever”, creating an anticipation with the bass and keyboard intro, building into the song.
They weren’t instantly brilliant, but the gig got better with each song, frontman Tim Burgess lapping up the adulation of the crowd, declaring that it had been too long since they were last in Belfast.
It was a hits show, pure and simple, all of them so recognisable, that the crowd knew them and were singing along in seconds without Burgess singing a note.
The only downside was that they didn’t play any singles from 2001 album Wonderland, featuring my favourite Charlatans song, “Love Is The Key”
I didn’t bother hanging about for Happy Mondays, as I wasn’t that fussed on them, and was only here to see The Charlatans.
I might not have seen Happy Mondays, but it was still a happy Sunday.