JAMES Announce March 2019 UK tour incl. O2 Academy Birmingham

INTERVIEW: James' bassist JIM GLENNIE discusses new album 'Living in Extraordinary Times.' 3

James are proud to announce their March 2019 “LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES” UK Tour. Starting on Wednesday 6th March at Margate Winter Gardens, the tour will visit some of the UK’s best known and iconic venues, from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, to favourites like Cambridge Corn Exchange. The band will be performing some of their well-loved classic hits alongside new material from their most recent Top 10 album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’.

In a typical non-conventional James style, the band will be ‘supporting themselves’ in a special 30-minute acoustic set before their famed storming electric main show.

Tim Booth explains: “So for this smaller venue March tour we intend to split the gig up into a 30min’ish “pin drop”, bars closed, acoustic set – followed by an electric set after the interval.”

Their latest single ‘Many Faces’ makes a stand against xenophobia and racism, citing a message of peaceful unity that: “There’s only one human race, Many faces, Everybody belongs here,” written in response to Trump’s racist tweets concerning Mexicans and building a certain wall (“All walls fall over time”). The song instantly started to take on a life of its own with people singing it back to the band from the first times it was performed, as witnessed here in Halifax earlier in the year to recent performances as far-flung as Australia and Dubai.

Tim Booth comments: We have never had such a reaction to a new song as we have been getting to Many Faces. The sense of inclusion it engenders seems to produce a secular high of unity.”

A fan-made video for the track features snapshots of many recognisable faces from political and popular culture, from Theresa May to Kim Kardashian, Malala Yousafzai to Beyonce, Colin Kaepernick to Barack Obama. Alongside these familiar faces sits juxtaposing footage from various news reports and documentaries, the rich and the poor appearing in uncomfortable proximity as makeshift refugee camps are swiftly succeeded by shots of the Trump Hotel’s plush interior, pointedly followed by a snippet of freshly printed dollars.

This week James unite with fellow heavyweights of British music The Charlatans for a UK arena tour, kicking off on Wednesday at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

The band have been on the road for the past few months, having embarked on a triumphant sold-out UK theatre tour in May before playing at festivals across the UK and Europe over the summer including headline slots at Lattitude and Rock in Rio Lisbon. Venturing further afield in November, they played dates across Australia, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa.



Wednesday 06 March          Margate Winter Gardens                              

Thursday 07 March               Bath Forum                                                                    

Saturday 09 March               London Royal Albert Hall                              

Monday 11 March                Cambridge Corn Exchange                            

Tuesday 12 March                Nottingham Royal Concert Hall                                

Thursday 14 March               Southampton O2 Guildhall                           

Friday 15 March                    Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall

Sunday 17 March                  Newcastle City Hall                                       

Monday 18 March                Edinburgh Usher Hall                                    

Wednesday 20 March         Carlisle Sands Centre                                    

Thursday 21 March              Birmingham O2 Academy (Ticketmaster.co.uk)

Friday 22 March  Hull Bonus Arena  

Tickets for the March 2019 tour will go on general sale at 9.30am on 7TH December and will be available from GigsandtoursHERE and Ticketmaster HERE


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