James announce 2019 UK tour

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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 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 30’ishminute “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. Watch ‘Many Faces’ fan video

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 festivalsacross the UK and Europe over the summerincluding 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.

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

A new range of merchandise with exclusive album bundles are also launched today, and provide instant access to the band’s tour presale from Thursday Dec 6. Fans who buy (or have already bought) the new album Living In Extraordinary Times from the official James store will also receive access to this presale. More info at www.wearejames.com/store.

LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES TOUR

Supported by JAMES – A SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SET

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                             
Friday 22 March              Hull Bonus Arena                                          
              
Released in August to critical acclaim, ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ peaked at no. 6 on the UK chart. Produced by Mercury and Brit Award winner Charlie Andrew (whose previous work includes alt-J and Wolf Alice) and rising star Beni Giles, ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’ follows the hugely successful 2016 album ‘Girl at the End of the World’, which debuted at number two in the UK album charts, second only to Adele – their highest debut entry in nearly twenty years.

A fusion of social commentary and personal reflection, LIET covers everything from the current political climate in America in thunderous ‘Hank’ –“This crack heads tiny fingers, Accusing you of what he’ll do, White fascists in the white house, More beetroot in your Russian stew” – to a mystical love song like Leviathan fronting the memorable lines “Fucking love. Fucking and love. Before they drop the bomb make sure we get enough.”

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