‘James’ are excited 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 30ish pin drop, bars closed, acoustic set – followed by a 1hr 25ish rock 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 ffar-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.”
Praise for ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’:
“James remains one of the few British bands able to compete on the commercial level of today’s international pop stars.” – Billboard
“Can we all finally agree that James is one of the best post-1960s bands that the UK has produced?” – PopMatters
“This 15th album might be their best” – Observer
“James remain urgent and contemporary” – MOJO