Radio DJ Craig Charles to play set in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 12:47 19 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:47 19 December 2017

Craig Charles will be at Weston's Tropicana in the new year.

Craig Charles will be at Weston's Tropicana in the new year.

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A legendary actor, host and broadcaster will bring his fantastic show of funk and soul music to Weston in the new year.

Craig Charles has become a household name, not only for his vast acting and presenting career in Robot Wars, Red Dwarf and Coronation Street, but also for delivering the sounds of funk and soul music on BBC 6 Music.

He has been pioneering the station’s music scene with The Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show since it started in 2002 and takes to the radio every Saturday night with an assortment of classic hits and emerging artists.

He said: “I have been interested in all varieties of soul and funk music, without imposing any barriers.

“I am just as enthusiastic about fresh new talent as I am about the classic artists from the golden age of the 1960s and 1970s.”

He has become one of the UK’s foremost funk and soul commentators and has captivated audiences around the country with his talents, performing monthly in Manchester.

Charles has played at a number of festivals including the Love Box, Park Life and Wychwood Festival.

Most recently he played to more than 10,000 people at the world famous Arcadia and Shangri-La stage in Glastonbury.

The DJ began his career as a contemporary poet on the British cabaret circuit and soon went on to tour with Teardrop Explodes with his work.

In the 1980s he joined rock band Watt 4 before he was invited to record a session on the John Peel BBC Radio show.

He then branched into the acting industry when he joined BBC Two’s science fiction comedy Red Dwarf as Liverpudlian slob Dave Lister in 1988.

He starred in the show until 1999 and then again in 2009 for the three-part special.

In 1998, he joined the hit gladiator-style show Robot Wars where he presented it from series two to seven.

He was also a long-standing cast member of the popular soap, Coronation Street, and played philandering taxi driver Lloyd Mullaney,who was also a soul DJ.

Charles will be at The Reaper Bar, in the Tropicana, in Marine Parade, at 7.30pm on February 2.

Tickets, priced £17-19, are available from www.thereaperbar.com or by calling 07507 103570.

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