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Charlatans do Absolute gig from the sea

Tim Burgess and Mark Collins from indie band The Charlatans are to do a music session for Absolute Radio from a fort off the coast of Portsmouth that’s completely surrounded by water.

The gig is a warm-up for the Isle of Wight Festival and will take place on Spitbank Fort on 21st June.

The fort is a former Napoleonic property dating back to 1878, situated a mile offshore from Portsmouth Harbour, accessible only by boat and completely surrounded by water.

Tim and Mark will do an acoustic set for just 60 lucky Isle of Wight Festival goers, who’ll also win tickets to see Primal Scream headline the festival later the same night. Highlights of the intimate Charlatans performance will be broadcast on Absolute Radio the following morning.

Absolute Radio Breakfast Show host Christian O’Connell said, “What better way for Tim and Mark from The Charlatans to celebrate 15 years since ‘Tellin’ Stories’ by performing on a private Fort in the middle of the sea. It’s what rock n roll dreams are made of.”

Tim Burgess from The Charlatans 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? We’ll see you there if you win one of the tickets.”

It follows Absolute Radio’s other one-off gigs in unusual locations – including Elbow at the Crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral, Elton John at the Union Chapel and Biffy Clyro doing the first ever gig at the Houses of Parliament.

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