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King Charles
King Charles
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It’s hard to describe King Charles without making reference to Adam Ant.

His look – with tied-up long hair, a handlebar moustache and regal-looking garb – has also been compared to Prince.

His pop sound has elements of folk, glam rock, psychedelia and indie.

The London-based singer-songwriter (also known as Charles Costa) has toured America with Mumford & Sons and, with his previous band, Adventure Playground, he took to the road with Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale.

In 2009, he was the first Brit to win the rock category of the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition, judged by Tom Waits and Jeff Beck.

Last year, he released Lovebloood, an album which spawned tracks such as Bam Bam and Love Lust (his award-winning track). Recorded in Hollywood after he inked a global record deal, the album showcases his multi-instrumental talents as well as his classically trained voice. On Thursday he plays a sold out show at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea with support from Story Books and Giovanna.

See the video for Love Lust online at