Tim Burgess Launches ‘Listening Party’ Earphone, helping to Support UK Music Venues

£5 from every earphone sold goes to the Music Venue Trust

A Word From Tim...

“A while back I was sent some amazing earphones by the lovely people at Flare Audio - they were big fans of the listening parties and we got talking. The talk turned into a plan and the plan became an amazing set of listening party earphones that Flare will now be making and together we’ll be raising money for The Music Venue Trust.” 

Tim Burgess


The Story

A while back we sent a set of our Jet 2 earphones to Tim.

We love what Tim has been doing with the Listening Parties and after some interesting talks we knew that together we could do something really great.

The lead singer of The Charlatans, has teamed up with Team Flare to launch a brand new custom earphone. The project will help raise money for UK grassroots music venues.

We wanted The Listening Party earphone to be unique to Tim while still having the Flare tech and finish. The earphones themselves have incredible detail that pack a punch for everyday life.

We started life as a loudspeaker manufacturer and PA hire company and have spent a lot of time in independent music venues both as a service provider and as a gig goer.

We feel now is our time give something back and are donating £5 from every sale of these special earphones to the Music Venue Trust.


Pete Paphides

“The Listening Parties have been all about getting to the essence of the music with the help of the artists who made it. Flare’s unique technology also allows you to do that – hearing really is believing. So, the TLP1 really is a marriage made in heaven.”

Author, DJ and Music Journalist: Melody Maker, The Guardian, Time Out, Q Magazine


Beverley Whitrick

“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. Formalising his status as a patron of MVTis 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.”

Strategic Director for Music Venue Trust


Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans, has emerged from lockdown as the creator of one of social media's most meaningful experiences.

Hosted on Twitter, Tim invites fans to listen to a fellow artist’s album, as band members and close associates - plus Tim and the listeners - tweet about its personal and cultural significance. 

Tim has hosted over 600 listening parties since the start of lockdown and has had everyone from Paul McCartney to Liam Gallagher, Iron Maiden to Kylie.