The Charlatans to play Isle of Wight Festival warm-up at Spitbank Fort

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INDIE rockers The Charlatans will play a one-off show on a fort in the middle of the Solent as an Isle of Wight Festival warm-up gig.

Tim Burgess and Mark Collins will perform an intimate accoustic set on privately owned Spitbank Fort, which was recently converted to an exclusive venue about a mile off the coast of Portsmouth.

The show will celebrate 15 years since the band released their Tellin’ Stories album.

Tim said: ‘One-off gigs are often in pretty cool venues but this might just top the lot: a fort in the sea to keep Napoleon out. I had to look it up and it’s even crazier than I’d imagined. Mark and I can’t wait.

‘Who’d have thought there’d be somewhere between the mainland and the Isle of Wight Festival?’

Fans can win tickets to the gig, organised by Absolute Radio, which will broadcast the event and interviews with the band. Breakfast show host Christian O’Connell said: ‘It’s what rock ‘n’ roll dreams are made of.’

The Charlatans will perform at Spitbank Fort on June 21 and go on to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival that weekend.

Spitbank Fort took 11 years to build and was completed in 1878. It was one of three forts built in The Solent - the water between the mainland and the island - to repel a possible invasion by Napoleon in revenge for defeat at the battle of Waterloo.

The fort, which can only be reached by boat, is now a luxury venue with Champagne bars, a roof-top hot tub and sauna.