Tim’s Listening Party is coming to an end

Tim Burgess has announced that Tim’s Twitter Listening Party will be coming to an end after three years.

Created by The Charlatans frontman in March 2020, the listening parties featured invited artists who would go on to Tweet along track-by-track to provide insight on new and classic albums. This was in response to the first national lockdown and since then, there have been hundreds of instalments and two books about the popular online events.

Due to the series’ success, Burgess was able to take the Listening Parties to Absolute Radio for six weeks, which began in March of this year. Speaking of the opportunity, Absolute Radio’s Content Director, Paul Sylvester said: “Tim’s Listening Party has become a phenomenon. Giving audiences the chance to listen to the music and conversation while engaging with other fans on social media ties everything together.”

He added: “It fits perfectly with Absolute Radio’s specialist and storytelling strategy, and we can’t wait to work with Tim to get the show on-air.”

Taking to his official Twitter/X page, Burgess announced the end of his much loved series. He tweeted: “From Some Friendly to Wham! The Singles. 1,366 albums that we heard together, over 1,213 days from March 23rd 2020. The Twitter @LlSTENlNG_PARTY was a beautiful thing. Thanks to everyone who joined us x x.”

The Listening Party X/Twitter account reposted the tweet and quoted it with a caption that read: “The end of an incredible era.”

Fans and musicians immediately took to X/Twitter to share some heartwarming tributes to the series.

Bill Bragg paid tribute: “In years to come, when everyone says Twitter was a hell hole of bellicose belligerence, those who enjoyed being part of the @LlSTENlNG_PARTY will be able to testify that there were some moments of greatness too. Thanks for bringing us togetherc @Tim_Burgess.”

Writer Pete Paphides shared: “It’s easy to forget just how much of a lifeline Tim Burgess’s Twitter Listening Parties were at the height of lockdown,” with a Twitter/X thread of some of the series’ highlights. “What an absolute treat it was to have a favourite musician take you by the hand and walk you through every single song on one of their classic albums.”

He continued: “Best of all, the fact that for a brief moment, you were in the same virtual space as your heroes, able to tell them just how much their music meant to you, occasionally even receiving a reply.

“The Listening Parties also put paid to the notion that sometimes it’s possible to know too much about your favourite music. That you need to preserve the mystery because you often got to see that sometimes even the most erudite songwriters – the artists who created this music – couldn’t quite pin down the magic that we were hearing.”

He added: All that remains is to convey my heartfelt thanks to Tim for creating so much positive energy in a corner of the internet that too often acts as a breeding ground for the very opposite. It won’t be forgotten.”

Check out more tributes to the Listening Party below.

In other news, Burgess recently joined Johnny Marr on stage at his Halifax show to cover ‘Getting Away With It’ by Electronic together.

“We’re going to play a disco song from Manchester, from the Haçienda,” Marr told the crowd.

“What’s even better,” he added, “we’re going to be joined by my friend – he’s a national treasure – Mr Tim Burgess from The Charlatans.” After the show, Burgess shared footage of the collaboration and called it “such a thrill”.

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