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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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The Charlatans / The Enemy

MUSIC fans had a double treat on Sunday night as The Charlatans and The Enemy brought the curtain crashing down on Whitehaven Festival in a rousing finalé.

Both bands were in scintillating form, delivering sets crammed with hit after hit for an up-for-it Sunday night crowd.

Following a cracking opening slot from Simon Townshend, indie rockers The Enemy burst onto the stage and launched straight into a performance brimming with energy and attitude.

Their Coventry boys’ new album, Streets In the Sky – released only last week – was straight to the fore, with Gimme The Sign opening their set, and the pace never relented.

“Let’s ’ave it, Whitehaven!” declared singer Tom Clarke – and the crowd didn’t need a second invitation.

The fans were bouncing and the beer was flying as the band rattled through Away From Here, You’re Not Alone, Aggro, Had Enough, and perhaps their signature tune, We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, to a great reception.

It was then time for indie legends The Charlatans to take to the stage, and they wasted no time in getting their show off to a flyer with North Country Boy.

Their set reads like a back catalogue of Nineties classics; Tellin’ Stories, Weirdo, How High, One To Another were all belted out by charismatic frontman Tim Burgess, who was in fine voice.

Burgess even managed to look stylish on stage in a Frank Spencer-like beret and mac.

“You’re hat’s pretty nice,” he told one member of the crowd, “but not as nice as mine!” It was hard to disagree.

The band’s storming set drew to a close with the beautiful The Only One I Know, and Sproston Green to end Whitehaven Festival in style.

Next year’s line-up will undoubtedly be a cause for speculation for the next 12 months but, for me, The Enemy and The Charlatans will take some beating.

And fans in attendance were in agreement.

Whitehaven musician GAVIN McKEW said: “The Enemy were absolutely brilliant. I’ve never heard a band sound so tight, and to get a sound like that from only three guys is amazing.”

DANNY MATTHEW, 24, from Whitehaven, added: “I’d have paid the ticket price for The Charlatans alone, so to get The Enemy too was top class. A great gig.”

The concert was organised by Whitehaven Festival Company and The Mighty Boof Promotions.

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