Charlie Barnes (musician)

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Charlie Barnes
Charlie Barnes performing with Bastille at Stavernfestivalen 2019
Charlie Barnes performing with Bastille at Stavernfestivalen 2019
Background information
OriginLeeds, England
Years active2007–present
Associated acts
  • Charlie Barnes
Past members
  • Jon Taylor
  • Joshua Hughes
  • Sean Balcombe
  • Steven Anderson
  • Ed Wetenhall
  • Ben Wall

Charlie Barnes (born 31 May 1989) is an English singer and songwriter. He is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist performing under his own name and currently as a touring musician with indie rock band Bastille. He has released three albums; the latest, Last Night's Glitter, was released July 2020.[1]


Born in Lichfield, Barnes developed an interest in music at an early age and studied at the University of Huddersfield.[2] During his studies he began to play solo shows using electronics. In 2010, when completing his final year of study, he self-released the album Geekk.,[3] as part of his final project.[4][5] In 2009 he befriended the band Amplifier and performed support slots for them.[6] After moving to Leeds, he joined the band as a touring musician.[6] In 2015 he signed to Superball Music and released his debut album More Stately Mansions on 11 May 2015.[7] The album was produced by Steve Durose of Oceansize,[2][8] and partly inspired by the recent passing of his mother.[9] The song "Sing to God" featured as the first single of the album.[9]

On 4 June 2015, Bastille announced that Barnes would be joining them as a touring musician after an audition.[10] With Bastille, Barnes plays guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion.[6]

Charlie Barnes started his first solo UK tour on 6 October 2015, his first show was in Leeds, and his last in Cambridge (23 October).[6] In early November, Charlie Barnes had another solo tour, this took place in Germany. He described the playing live of the songs his band as 'honing [them] together to give the songs I write an identity beyond the words and the chords and the melody'.[9]

In 2016, Charlie Barnes created a remix for the duo Alma. The song he edited is called To the Stars, and it is featured on an album alongside other reworks and remixes of Alma's work.[citation needed]

In December 2017, Barnes announced the album Oceanography to be released in March 2018.[11][1]

In April 2018, he was a supporting act along with To Kill a King during Bastille's 'Reorchestrated' tour.


  • Geekk. (30 May 2010)
  • More Stately Mansions (11 May 2015)
  • Oceanography (9 March 2018)
  • Last Night's Glitter (3 July 2020)


  1. ^ a b Frometa, RJ (18 December 2017). "Charlie Barnes (Bastille live member) announces new album 'Oceanography' -". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Gig preview: Charlie Barnes at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Charlie Barnes – Geekk". Discogs. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  4. ^ Aubergine, Cath (10 April 2010). "Introducing...Charlie Barnes". Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  5. ^ Purnauna, Anna (1 June 2010). "Gig Review: Ellen Smith and Charlie Barnes @ Bar 1:22, Huddersfield". flying with anna. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d Astley-Brown, Michael (5 October 2015). "10 questions for Charlie Barnes". MusicRadar. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  7. ^ Superball Music. "Charlie Barnes Signs To Superball Music For Release Of 'More Stately Mansions'". Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  8. ^ Worland, Jordan (21 October 2015). "in conversation // Charlie Barnes". Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b c Ioannou, Dimosthenis (22 July 2015). "Charlie Barnes". Noisefull. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Bastille: 'We've been experimenting with our new music' – BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Superball Music – Charlie Barnes : : announces new album 'Oceanography'". Retrieved 6 January 2018.

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