James are an English indie rock band from Manchester, consisting of frontman Tim Booth, alongside Jim Glennie, Larry Gott, Saul Davies, Mark Hunter, David Baynton-Power, and Andy Diagram.
Formed in 1982, the band released their debut album, ‘Stutter’, in 1986, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the band started to gain some notoriety with the singles Sit Down and She's a Star. They released nine albums, including ‘Laid’ in 1993 and ‘Whiplash’ in 1997, before they split in 2001.
The band returned in 2007, with a reunion gigs and tours, and a new album, ‘Hey Ma’, released in 2008. ‘The Night Before’ followed in 2010, with ‘La Petite Mort’ coming out in 2014. The band released their latest album, ’Girl At The End of the World’, in March 2016, which hit #2 in the UK Albums Chart.
The band have headlined their own shows and tours across the UK, including a show at Delamere Forest in July and Worcester Racecourse the month after in 2015. They also played Edinburgh’s Ross Bandstand in the August, as part of the Magners Summer Nights series.
In the summer of 2017, they played Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl as part of Sound Of The City, London’s Botanical Gardens, as part of Kew The Music, Newcastle’s Times Square as part of Live at Times Square, and Newmarket Racecourse as part of Jockey Club Live.
James released 'Living in Extraordinary Times' in August 2018 which they supported with a handful of festival and open air summer shows in the UK before heading to Australia and New Zealand.
After touring with the Charlatans in December, James have announced plans to tour 'Living In Extraordinary Times' in the UK in spring 2019. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
As usual a lot of touts harassing on the way in and the usual poor dude willing to sell you his mum for your ticket! Really great venue and I always prefer standing at live concerts but did feel very crushed through the main act... lots of people suddenly surge forward. Energetic live act with a great mix of old and new. Crowd all in great spirits. Atmosphere was great and Tim had great crowd interaction. Can't wait for next Scottish dates.
Wed 8th Aug 2018
Listening to 'Living In Extraordinary Times', the thought occurs that indie-pop stalwarts James aren’t dissimilar to a shark. Such is the Manchester octet’s devotion to exploring fresh textures, with an insatiable forward momentum, that if they stop moving it’s likely they’ll immediately shuffle off to the great gig in the sky. Fortunately, if the band’s most recent output - and especially this effort - is anything to by, they won’t be playing chess with the Grim Reaper any time soon.