Win Tickets ($90): The Charlatans UK, Ride @ Crystal Ballroom | English Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Charlatans UK, Ride @ Crystal Ballroom on February 15. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 6.


From our sponsors:
The Charlatans UK

February 15, 2022
6:30PM doors, 8PM show | All Ages
$39.50 ADV, $45 Doors, $49.50 21+ Balcony
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Crystal Ballroom
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

The Charlatans have reached a higher state of grace. Twenty-seven years since they first bagged a Number One album with ‘Some Friendly’, they’re still achieving fresh career highs, dreaming up new music that redraws their own map, increasingly assured of who they are as a band.

Their trajectory has few parallels in British rock, and it’s all set to continue with the release of ‘Different Days’, their brilliant 13th album, which finds them never more forward-looking, yet equally never more self-defining, or relevant. As Tim Burgess pointedly sings on one anthemically optimistic track called ‘There Will Be Chances’, “I laughed when I thought about the past, a place I love, but I can’t go back – the present’s where it’s at”.

Just listening to ‘Different Days’ makes you feel like a positive force has entered your life – and this, in a year when, as the title implies, the political outlook has shifted dramatically, bringing unforeseen prejudice, anxiety and division across the world. Explains Tim, “To us, the album represents an upbeat view of a world that might well be falling apart, in a time where you have to work out who your friends are, and gather them around you.”

The Charlatans’ own ever-spiralling success has itself been a triumph over adversity. After losing not one but two members (to a car crash, and a brain tumour) in their rollercoaster history, this most resilient outfit have somehow soldiered onto greater heights – a people’s band, whose embattled mortal passage through life also mirrors our own.

This time, the core surviving quartet of Burgess, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers, opened their doors to allow an enviable cast of friends to contribute to their latest work. Initially, this happened out of necessity: following the passing of founding drummer Jon Brookes in 2013, they have yet to appoint a permanent replacement. So, the first call went out to Pete Salisbury, the former Verve sticksman, who’d stepped in to help the band get up and running again on tour, through those difficult months of illness, loss and grieving.

Their last album, ‘Modern Nature’, was also made under that cloud, but had come out amazingly positively – and, indeed, modern. “It was a very soulful and cathartic record,” says Martin Blunt, The Charlatans’ founder and avatar, who has captained the band through all its ups and downs. “On previous albums, it had all got a bit fragmented, but I think we realised that what makes us, is all of us in the room together”.

One of the leading lights of the early 90’s shoegaze scene, Ride reformed in 2014, releasing their first album in over 20 years in 2017. ‘Weather Diaries’ was produced by Erol Alkan and greeted by a raft of critical and commercial acclaim, reaching number 11 in the UK album charts. It also saw Ride reunited with Wichita Recordings’ Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with the band during their early years on Creation Records. The follow-up, ‘This Is Not A Safe Place,’ came together in a matter of weeks at the end of 2018 and start of 2019, the sound of a band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. As well as working with Erol Alkan for a second time on production, their sixth record also saw Ride reunite with sound engineer Alan Moulder, who is on mixing duties for this fourth Ride record, following ‘Weather Diaries,’ ‘Going Blank Again’ and their 1990 seminal debut album ‘Nowhere’ (an album whose artwork is wonderfully echoed on the cover of ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’). ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ charted at UK #7 on release in August 2019, the band’s highest chart position in 25 years.




  1. Matthew on December 7, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Seeing them would be great!

  2. Nik on December 7, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    A day after Valentines day. Let this single guy have his moment! I’m no charlatan to shoegaze, and I would love to ride on this with free tix!!!

  3. Kelly on December 7, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Shoegaze > Male gaze. I’ve sadly only experienced the latter for free….help me change that PDX Pipeline?

  4. David Chamberlain on December 8, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    Ermagerd I can relieve my youth! Because I’m old now. But there will be other oldies there!?! I hope I win and can relive my love of 90s/00s shoegaze and britpop!!

  5. Bob MacKay on December 8, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Two stellar acts in one show – and on this side of the pond!

  6. Dave G. on December 8, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Love the Charlatans, and I could go for the RIDE!

  7. Jen M on December 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Not quite ready to put on my second skin but getting closer according to the script…

  8. RK on December 11, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I’ve never met a Shoegaze band I didn’t like!

  9. Neil on December 12, 2022 at 11:49 am

    I first saw The Charlatans back in ’91? Amazing memories from that show. I was just listening to them yesterday.

  10. Peter Hope on December 13, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Right proper lads , they are. I ‘d truly fancy this show

  11. Stacey on December 13, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Would love to see them!

  12. Dawn on December 15, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Great line up!

  13. Scott Pierce on December 15, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Sounds good, at least I hope it will.

    • Rachel on January 28, 2023 at 10:32 am

      amazing lineup!! would love to go

  14. Joseph on December 19, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Weirdo! The Only One I Know would gladly send me tickets to this show. The Vapor Trail behind me shows that I will Leave Them All Behind! Call me Twisterella!

  15. YB on December 19, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    This looks amazing!

  16. Jason on December 20, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Two acts I love and have never seen live!

  17. Natasha on December 20, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I love the Charlatans, ever since I first heard their song with Chemical Brothers on the Help album; being able to see them live after all these years would be amazing!

  18. Meenu Bhardwaj on December 22, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    I fully participated in the floppy haircuts and oversized hooded long sleeve tees ever bolstered by the sonic atmospheres of Ride and the dear tunes of Burgess’ voice of the Charlatans UK. These guys had a huge impact on my Life and are forever woven into the fabric of my Soul~♡

  19. Johanna on December 22, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    My partner and I would love to attend together, these are two amazing bands that we might never be able to see again ❤️

  20. Robert Gronotte on December 22, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I listened to both all the time in the 90’s but never got to see them.

  21. Gary Spencer on December 27, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    I’d like to attend to satiate my inner 90s child obsessed with Britpop and shoegaze, and bring back so many memories. That, and I’ve never seen Ride or Charlatans so I can finally cross them off my bucket list.

  22. Andrew Butz on December 27, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Perfect time of year, at the perfect venue, for this perfect pair of bands.
    And, as I’ve been listening to these legends since 1989-90 when I joined the movements to end the Cold War (both at home in the US and while I toured Europe), I feel I’ve perhaps paid my dues yet kept my groove. But the bigger reason I’d like to go: These blokes seem to keep making music for *today*.

  23. shen on December 28, 2022 at 8:47 am

    i would love tickets!

  24. Carol Trekas on December 31, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    My birthday is February 11th and I want to celebrate.

  25. Brian LeVene on January 3, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    I can’t believe that Charlatans are still performing. I would would love to see them!

  26. shawn on January 3, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I do listen to this bank and really would love to see the bloks!
    Didn’t get to see them when I was in the UK.

  27. Carol Trekas on January 4, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    My birthday is Feb. 11th and I want to take my husband to this. He is so so good to me.

  28. Fig on January 5, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    Love both bands! Would love to attend

  29. Carol Trekas on January 5, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    Love English rock.

  30. Joseph on January 10, 2023 at 3:16 am

    I will leave them all behind…check my vapour trail! Such a weirdo!

  31. Leslie Dee on January 10, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    My birthday is February 14, this would be a great gift <3<3<3

  32. Katie on January 10, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Are you kidding? I would lose my entire mind if I won tickets to see this show!!!

  33. Thea Stamatelos on January 11, 2023 at 1:18 pm

    I would love to see this show!

  34. Carol Trekas on January 11, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Have never seen Ride before. Let’s go.

  35. Martti Hill on January 12, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Would love to see this concert. Ride is great but have never see Charlatans.

  36. JHo on January 19, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Love me some shoegaze, would love to see this lineup.

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