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James / May 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 9th February 2016 at 9:00 am
 

Veteran Manchester rock band James will launch the UK leg of their ‘Girl at the End of the World’ Tour this May, following the 18th March release of their album by the same name. The band will also play two shows ahead of the release, one on the 17th of February at the Manchester Academy (which is already sold out) and one the 18th of February at the Scala in London.

Below the tour date listing, you can stream the audio for James’ most recent single ‘Nothing But Love’. Support on four of the following dates, as indicated below, will be played by singer/songwriter Jack Savoretti.  TGTF’s previous coverage of James can be found right back here, and our SXSW 2013 preview of Savoretti is right here.

Monday 2nd May 2016 – Bristol Colston Hall (sold out)
Tuesday 3rd May 2016 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Wednesday 4th May 2016 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 6th May 2016 – London Forum Kentish Town (sold out)
Saturday 7th May 2016 – London Brixton Academy (sold out)
Monday 9th May 2016 – Norwich UEA
Tuesday 10th May 2016 – Bournemouth Academy
Thursday 12th May 2016 – Llandudno Venue Cymru
Friday 13th May 2016 – Manchester Arena*
Saturday 14th May 2016 – Leeds First Direct Arena*
Monday 16th May 2016 – Hull City Hall
Tuesday 17th May 2016 – Newcastle City Hall
Thursday 19th May 2016 – Glasgow SSE Hydro*
Friday 20th May 2016 – Birmingham Arena*
Saturday 21st May 2016 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (sold out)

*with support from Jack Savoretti

[youtube]https://youtu.be/1D4YQA6SQtg[/youtube]

 

Kendal Calling 2015: Day 1 Roundup (Part 1)

 
By on Thursday, 6th August 2015 at 2:00 pm
 

Before we review this year’s Kendal Calling 2015, we must spare a moment to remember Christian Pay, the unfortunate soul who lost his life at the festival in the early hours of Friday morning. Four others are ill in hospital, two critically, after taking substances they thought would help them have a good time. Few of us can honestly say that we haven’t at some point put something of unknown provenance in our bodies, the safety of which could not be guaranteed. Most of the time we get away with it but in this case the outcome was the worst one imaginable. The pain that his family and friends must be feeling is simply indescribable in words. For what it’s worth, my, and no doubt our readership’s, thoughts and prayers are with you.

Solemnity turns to anger when one considers the turn of events that has led to this tragedy. I am utterly sick of hearing of people being regularly harmed and sometimes killed in the pursuit of chemically-enhanced happiness. Anyone who takes a legal drug – caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, prescription medication – has access to a quality-controlled supply of goods from a responsible retailer at a reasonable cost. Indeed, alcohol enthusiasts are particularly well-served, even though said drug turns a significant number of those that use it into slurring, staggering, incontinent, occasionally violent, husks. Those who choose something other than drink to help their party experience along are forced to buy from the black market, with all the risk that entails. Our drugs policy is killing our children. If you accept that people will always take drugs, and that legislation is largely ineffective at stopping them, then prohibition is revealed for the folly it is and always has been. Nobody should have to die in the quest for a good time. In this writer’s opinion, MDMA and cannabis should be licensed for public consumption. If that had been the case, Christian Pay would have spent a night full of love on Friday, rather than everyone who knew him enduring a lifetime of pain.

This year saw the biggest and best Thursday night ever at Kendal Calling – a superb way to celebrate the festival’s tenth birthday. Yes, there were some teething troubles getting so many Thursday visitors onto the site – those who turned up early queued for 3 hours or more. Personally, I drove over after work, encountered no traffic at all as always, and parked directly opposite the festival entrance. Depending on where you’re prepared to camp, Kendal Calling has surely the shortest car-to-tent distance of any comparably-sized festival, a bonus when all you want to do is get the tent up, crack a beer, and listen to the first band of the weekend.

James headlined the Thursday night party, and were a superb choice. Where their compatriots have faded away, against all the odds James are still looking and sounding both fresh and expertly sharp after a quarter-century of practice. They’re not necessarily relevant to everyone (the teenagers camping around me had blank looks when I mentioned I was going to see James – “Who’s he?”), and I must make the personal confession that I thought they were finished after 2001’s ‘Pleased to Meet You’, but that’s my fault, not theirs. After all this time, they’ve mastered the art of the teasing slow-burn buildup, both on the micro level of a song – ‘Sit Down’ being a case in point, the whole thing reimagined as an admirably restrained ballad – and the macro level of a whole set. There’s no two ways about it, a great headlining band.

The alternative was the equally compelling Future Dub Project in the always-reliable oasis of hot comestibles Chai Wallahs. Their sound melds reggae rhythms and electronica, a male rapper and a superb female singer.

Friday saw rain of the kind that is commonplace for Kendal. Wet, dreary, mudogenic. Judging by the vast number of sodden-brown appendages that used to be sneakers, not all of the crowd have grokked that Wellington boots are essential festival accessories. Ah, the folly of youth. The beauty of Kendal Calling is that, in contrast to some of the nation’s bigger events, all the stages are but a matter of minutes stagger away from each other, so one can see a year’s worth of bands in a single weekend. At least you can on Friday, when the spirit is keen and the legs fresh.

Louis Berry is a Scouse rock ‘n’ roller – one can infer from his reference to ‘Her Majesty’s pleasure’ that he may have been something of a naughty boy in the past – but he’s clearly discovered the redemptive power of music. Being blessed with a veritable roar of a voice, he and his sharp band seem perfectly at home on the big stage, the songs drip with Liverpudlian heritage (La’s, Cast, er… The Beatles) and do the massed ranks of Merseysiders proud.

Rhain is a startling discovery, her modest Bristolian twang belying a genuinely world-class singing voice, as if Björk, Kate Bush and Kiri te Kanawa were reimagined as a bundle of flapperish trustafarian kook. She accompanies herself with a bit of minimalist piano, but it’s really her voice that steals the show, as powerful as an opera singer one minute, squeaky and coy the next, all delivered with such disarming modesty that endears one to her even more. I didn’t hear a finer or more notable voice all weekend.

Having been reliably informed by my considerably younger camping buddies that Fuse ODG is the next big thing, then I had to pay him a visit. It’s dancehall, Jim, but not as we know it – self-nominated as the sound of ‘new Africa’, Fuse himself is a singer and rapper, and he’s got a decent band with female harmony backing and a big Notting Hill sound system blasting out the tunes. Exciting enough, and apparently he’s the most successful Ghanaian singer on iTunes, but I must confess this sounds much like all the other dancehall-inspired pop I’ve ever heard.

 

Live Gig Video: James perform upcoming ‘La Petit Mort’ single ‘Curse Curse’ semi-acoustically

 
By on Monday, 20th April 2015 at 4:00 pm
 

Legendary Mancunian band James have released a new performance video of their second single ‘Curse Curse’ from current album ‘La Petit Mort’, released in 2014. The band describe it being done semi-acoustically – that is, there is a laptop and the guitar looked amped up…oh wait… – but it’s part of their Living Room Sessions, which adds that intimate feel you certainly won’t get seeing James in a far bigger venue. Watch it below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_WtnVqJAoQ[/youtube]

 

James / April 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 3:00 pm
 

Manchester legends James have announced their Gathering Sound Tour for next April. Echo and the Bunnymen will support. Presale information was sent to all James mailing list subscribers already, so if you are a subscriber, check your email; the general sale begins this Friday, the 23rd of November, at 10 AM.

Saturday 13th April 2013 – Glasgow SECC
Monday 15th April 2013 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday 16th April 2013 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Wednesday 17th April 2013 – Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 19th April 2013 – London O2 Brixton Academy
Saturday 20th April 2013 – London O2 Brixton Academy
Monday 22th April 2013 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday 25th April 2013 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 26th April 2013 – Manchester Arena

 

(Jubilee Guilty Pleasure!) Video of the Moment #833: James

 
By on Tuesday, 5th June 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Editor’s note: do not adjust your screen. Yes, we’re airing some of our (and some of your!) favourite song guilty pleasures in video form this Jubilee weekend. The bands were featuring are largely not the kind we write about here on TGTF, but we wanted to do something new and cool over this 4-day weekend. Come along for the crazy ride and enjoy.

Last year James were busy touring with a full orchestra and choir, but lest us not forget this little song released on Rough Trade in 1989 (yes, 1989…my eyes were agog when I saw the date). Is it about drugs? Depression? Finding God? For sure, it’s the kind of song you’d probably feel most at home singing along whilst drunk, swaying to the beat surrounded by your similarly inebriated mates in the pub. Props to Tim Booth et al.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ew7Zkkucos8[/youtube]

 

An Evening with James / October and November 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 30th June 2011 at 9:30 am
 

Manchester Britpop legends James will be performing their songs to the backing strains of an orchestra and a full choir this autumn. Naturally, the band will be playing classical venues on this tour, starting at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre on the 23rd of October and concluding their jaunt on the 4th of November at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, 1 July, at 9:30 AM.

The band will be releasing their first-ever box set on the 3rd of October. ‘The Gathering Sound’ chronicles James’s career to date and includes all 11 of their studio albums on a unique J-shaped USB stick. (Interesting!) This limited deluxe set will be available as three CDs, a DVD, a 12” vinyl record and a 8 GB USB stick.

Sunday 23rd October 2011 – Cardiff Millennium Centre
Monday 24th October 2011 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 27th October 2011 – Nottingham Royal Centre
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Liverpool Philharmonic
Monday 31st October 2011 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 1st November 2011 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 2nd November 2011 – Gateshead Sage
Friday 4th November 2011 – London Royal Albert Hall

 
 
 

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