Supporting The Charlatans at St Georges Hall, Liverpool
A new date has been set for one the UK’s seminal rock bands to perform as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).
The Charlatans will play a very special gig in the stunning surroundings of St George’s Hall on Friday 8 November. It follows the postponement of the original gig which was due to take place on August Bank Holiday.
We had the chance to catch up with Violet Class and ask them a few questions about supporting Brit-pop royalty and what it will be like playing at such a prestigious venue.
There seems to be a lot of momentum behind the band at the moment , anything special coming up that people can look out for ?
“Things are going well at the moment. We recorded some new songs with Paul Tipler (Elastica, Idlewild) earlier in the year and we’re planning to release a single soon through Cooking Soup. We plan to play gigs further afield from Reading and have booked to play in the likes of Liverpool, Manchester, Stoke, Brighton and Banbury.”
“We’re planning a special gig in Wales sometime soon with Tony Rivers, Paolo Hewitt and Alan McGee in tribute to Reading legend Robin Friday so keep your eyes open for that. We also have a gig planned for 80s Casuals Classics which will be another big event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Definitely Maybe.”
What does it mean to you to be playing in at such a Prestigious Venue ? Any surprises planned ?[quote] “This gig with The Charlatans will be the absolute pinnacle of gigs that we have ever played” [/quote]
“This gig with The Charlatans will be the absolute pinnacle of gigs that we have ever played and possibly in the future. There isn’t going to be many occasions if any when you can support a band that are in your Top 5 bands of all time. To see and play on the same bill as The Charlatans at St. George’s Hall is mental.”
“From starting in a bed room with mates to playing at a 150 year old great hall is mind blowing. We really don’t want this one to be the last either because this is what we picked up our instruments to do. We believe in ourselves and want to show people what we can do.”
Finally, what do The Charlatans mean to you ?
“The Charlatans mean a great deal to us all. They were a major king pin in the origins of the Britpop sound and that is what we all listened to when growing up. They are first and foremost a close gang of friends who have held strong over many years and evolved to keep producing top records.”
“We take inspiration from that gang mentality and rely heavily on our character and hunger to make things happen. On a personal note Some Friendly is one of my favourite records I’ve ever listened to particularly tunes like Sproston Green and Flowers. A record like that spurs you on and hopefully one day someone will have faith to invest in us and release a strong debut album.”
Check out Violet Class performing live at Pretty Green, Reading:
You can find out more about violet class on their website: www.violetclass.com