THE Charlatans have played one of the most unusual gigs in their 22-year career – on top of Spitbank Fort.
In preparation for their appearance at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival the British band made a unique appearance in the crow’s nest of the private luxury island.
While around 50 guests and private VIPs looked on singer Tim Burgess and guitarist Mark Collins launched into stripped-down acoustic renditions of their hits The Only One I Know, Impossible, Here Comes a Soul Saver and You’re a Big Girl Now.
General manager of the Solent’s three forts, Mark Watts, said it had been a pleasure to have the pair perform on the island.
He said: ‘The gig went superbly, and fortunately the sun came out for some of it as well.
‘It felt really intimate and it was probably one of the smallest gigs The Charlatans have ever played.
‘But they seemed to really enjoyed it.
‘They were overwhelmed by the place.’
‘We were already in discussions with Absolute Radio, who put on the festival, about them coming across and doing their breakfast show here.
‘But I had no idea The Charlatans would end up coming across. It’s an amazing location to do it, and it’s fantastic for us and for the profile of the islands.
‘In the crow’s nest where they were playing there are panoramic views.
‘It is absolutely spectacular up there.’
The band, which was originally formed in The West Midlands by bassist Martin Blunt in 1988, left Spitbank Fort after their gig for the Isle of Wight Festival, where they are due to perform this weekend.
Former members of the band include guitarist Jon Day, vocalist Baz Ketley and keyboardist Rob Collins, who died in a car accident during recording of their fifth album.
In the UK all of the band’s eleven studio albums have appeared in the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart, three of them being number ones.