Tim Burgess Launches ‘Listening Party’ Earphones In Support Of UK Music Venues

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The TLP1 Flare headphones will donate £5 from every pair sold to the Music Venue Trust.

Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans has launched his own ‘Listening Party’ earphones made by Flare Audio. For each pair that is sold, £5 will be donated to the Music Venue Trust. 

The #TimsTwitterListeningParty started at the beginning of the first lockdown last March and saw Tim chatting and listening to classic albums, old and new. It was a great way to bring fans and musicians closer during a time of severe isolation, fear, and confusion. It was widely received across Twitter and saw huge interaction on Twitter

Speaking on the headphones and partnerships between himself, Flare Audio and Music Venue Trust Tim told NME: “It’s an honour to be asked to work with the good people at The Music Venue Trust, it’s going to be a hugely important year for live music and the future of independent venues.” 

“The listening parties have been quite a phenomenon and we had already been talking to Flare Audio about making some special edition earphones. It would be brilliant that we can put all the things together and help with raising some much-needed funds. I’ve been road-testing the first set of earphones for a while – they’re amazing.”

Talking about the headphones Flare co-founder and COO, Naomi Roberts, said: “We love what Tim has been doing with the Listening Parties and after some interesting talks we knew we could do something really great together. We wanted the Listening Party earphone, named TLP1, to be unique to Tim while still having the Flare tech and finish.”

“The earphones themselves give incredible audio clarity and detail that provides high-end sound quality without the price tag, and our unique distortion reducing tech helps you to listen better for longer.”

Roberts added: “Flare started life as a loudspeaker manufacturer and PA hire company, and spent a lot of time in independent music venues. We feel now is our time to give something back and are pleased to be supporting MVT.”

Music Venue Trust’s Strategic Director Beverley Whitrick thanked Burgess for his support and continued hard work.  

“Tim has been acting as a champion for grassroots music venues across the UK for a long time now and has actively supported our #SaveOurVenues campaign,” she said. “Formalising his status as a patron of MVT is a way for us to thank him for his considerable efforts and talk publicly about the projects Tim is working on to support venues. The first of which is the development of these great earphones with Flare Audio, with whom we have a longstanding relationship.”

The TLP1 earphones will be available from here at 10 am on Friday 26th March and will ship on April 5th. 

Music journalist and photojournalist based in Cornwall.

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