Scene in the Steen household at the end of another day at the coal face. “Hi dear, did you slay the masses again with your angular post punk tunes”? Charlie: Yep! And did you crowd surf amongst your adoring fans? Charlie: Yes, I did! And did you get your top off on stage again? Charlie: …

If you’ve ever wondered, and to be fair it’s extremely unlikely, what Harry Enfield’s 80’s creation, Stavros, would look like fronting a doom metal band, then look no further than Pigsx7. Lead singer, Matthew Baty, resplendent in a t-shirt proclaiming, “Find What Feels Good” and a very natty pair of “pig-dragon” shorts, prowls the stage …

I’m not sure who first came up with the concept of the “Classic Album Tour”, whereby an artist plays the whole LP, track by track in the running order, in which it was originally released. It has become the preserve of bands who don’t have any new product to tour but fancy making a few quid, possibly …

If you asked the average music fan what Fatboy Slim, JLS, Rick Astley, Manic Street Preachers and Liam Gallagher have in common, it’s unlikely that their answer would be that they’ve all played free concerts for NHS staff! Tonight, it’s the turn of local Northwest indie legends, The Charlatans, to be added to the list. …