Could the band be planning a special appearance?
Julian Marszalek

09:59 5th May 2017

The Charlatans have announced further details of their takeover of Oldham Street in Manchester on May 26 to celebrate the release of their 13th album, Different Days.

As previously reported on Gigwise, a number of shops in Manchester’s Northern Quarter will be involved in a wide variety of Charlatans-related activity throughout the day.

In addition to the Charlatans-related celebrations, it’s also been announced that the band will take over the site of the former United Footwear shoe store on Oldham Street. Fans can expect a Charlatans disco, a bar, food and live bands. Special guests will be taking the stage at 11am. Wouldn’t it be cool if it was The Charla… nah, it couldn’t be. Could it?

Speaking exclusively to Gigwise about the day, Charlatans singer Tim Burgess says, "Oldham Street is the hub of The Northern Quarter in Manchester - as a kid I'd spend hours in Affleck's Palace in the school holidays. Being in town was an exciting thing. This all started with us wanting to do a signing at Piccadilly Records and it's just gone nuts from there.”

So here’s how it works: fans are advised to pick up laminates from Manchester Mini Market on Oldham St at 7am, and the Koffee Pot – Manchester’s most famous greasy spoon – will be open for business at 7.30am for breakfast and a play of an exclusive CD given to them by the band.

At the same time, the pop-up Tim Peaks Diner will open at 33 Oldham St. Serving damn fine cherry pie, Tim Peaks Coffee and Different Days Tea, fans can check out a playlist made up of only bands that have played at Tim Peaks (Sleaford Mods, Suzanne Vega, Edwyn Collins and many others).

Elsewhere, Magma Books will have free phenakistoscope postcards at 10am. Over at Oxfam Originals, Tim Burgess has donated one of his own jackets and Mark Collins has donated a Charlatans Up To Our Hips tour jacket.

A midday signing session at Piccadilly Records will see the first 150 through the door will be given a wristband that gets them into a very special event at a later date.

Different Days is set to feature a host of guest stars including – deep breath – Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, New Order’s Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and Factory Floor’s Nik Void.

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