The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has announced that he will be handing over all of his guestlist spots on his summer solo tour to NHS staff as a thank you for their service amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Burgess made the statement on Twitter, posting: “I get an allowance for a decent number of guests at each show that we play. If/when my tour gets re-scheduled, all the guestlist places will be set aside for NHS staff.”
He then added in a later tweet: “Now, I know that’s not much with everything that’s going on right now but I’m trying to feel more useful.”
This kind gesture comes as the coronavirus pandemic has ground the UK to a halt over the past week and is the frontman’s way of showing gratitude to the NHS who have been under immense stress of late and have been doing incredible work.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 24th, more than 382,972 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 16,585 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
The Charlatans man is also hosting a number of classic album listening parties across this week on Twitter from some of indie’s finest which includes Liam Gallagher and Bonehead listening to Oasis debut ‘Definitely Maybe’ on Friday evening whilst live-tweeting their thoughts, which will no doubt be unmissable.
Check out all of Tim Burgess’ solo tour dates below, although the dates could be subject to change due to current circumstances:
Fri May 01 2020 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Think Tank
Sat May 02 2020 – LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Sun May 03 2020 – LIVERPOOL Sound City
Wed May 20 2020 – NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade
Fri May 22 2020 – LONDON Rough Trade
Mon May 25 2020 – BRISTOL Rough Trade
Wed May 27 2020 – MANCHESTER Picadilly Records
Tue June 09 2020 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Wed June 10 2020 – KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre
Fri June 12 2020 – GLASGOW King Tuts
Sun June 14 2020 – BRISTOL Thekla
Tue June 16 2020 – CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
Wed June 17 2020 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Thu June 18 2020 – LONDON Oslo
Sat June 20 2020 – MANCHESTER YES