LIVE REVIEW: The Charlatans, 6 Music Festival, The Sage Gateshead

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IF the remit of the BBC 6 Music Festival was to bring brilliant and vital music to the North East, The Charlatans did their bit - and then some.

Closing The Sage’s Sunday night line-up in a wave of baggy, anthemic glory, Tim Burgess and company’s Hall 1 headline slot was their second local show of the weekend, having already rammed Sunderland’s Pop Recs Ltd for a special in-store appearance.

If I’m honest, I’d originally intended on rounding-off my festival with electronic maestro Jon Hopkins, but that plan was scuppered when the Londoner announced his withdrawal through illness.

However, if that proved one of the event’s few disappointments, The Charlatans more than atoned with a rousing assortment of fresh cuts and old favourites.

It generated the type of carnival atmosphere unattainable in Hall 1’s usual all-seated format, with a jubilant audience gleefully seizing its opportunity to dance, bounce and even crowd surf.

And, of course, the band have the tunes to evoke such a reaction, from the stirring sway of One To Another to the wondrous singalong Come Home Baby - a number from new record Modern Nature that’s already being greeted like an out-and-out classic.

Along with the rest of their hour, it showed just why the Midlanders rank among our nation’s most beloved and enduring indie institutions, and, what’s more, granted a marvellous festival with the supreme send-off it so deserved.