The Big Feastival is Jamie Oliver’s new three day event which mixes fantastic food with great music. We decided to get ourselves down to Clapham Common for the Saturday to see the Charlatans for the third time in the last year and a half. After they took us back in time with the album Some Friendly at the Camden Roundhouse and seeing them hidden away in a tent at V whilst the Kings of Leon dominated the festival, headlining a family orientated food festival seemed an odd proposition.
After great sets by the Special Ks and the Mystery Jets, we were surprised to find ourselves at the front of the stage not engaged in a brutal mosh but instead surrounded by couples and ex-indie fathers with sons on their shoulders to give them a taste of good music from back in the day. Our next surprise was Jamie Oliver himself on stage introducing ‘the Chhharlatans’! On they came and once again we were shocked to see how Tim Burgess seems to be reversing the ageing process. With longer hair than the classic bowl cut tied back in a mini pony tail, skinny jeans and a retro 80′s red jumper, Burgess looks as though he has stepped fresh out of 1996. Whatever his secret we don’t care, as they hit us with classics like Then, Weirdo, The Only One I know and North Country Boy.
This was a rapid set rounded off with a crackling Sproston Green. However, as the song finished and they left the stage, the cries for an encore gradually diminished as the crew began to pack up the equipment. A very disappointing end to an otherwise brilliant gig and wonderful day. A cut down set with no encore yet we still love the Charlatans.