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James announce March 2019 UK tour


Story by Jack Foley

JAMES have announced a March 2019 UK tour in support of their current album, Living In Extraordinary Times.

Starting on Wednesday, March 6 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.

Booth commented: “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 HERE

Tickets for the March 2019 tour will go on general sale at 9.30am on December 7.

The tour dates are (all March 2019)

6 – Margate Winter Gardens
7 – Bath Forum
9 – London Royal Albert Hall
11 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
12 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
14 – Southampton O2 Guildhall
15 – Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall
17 – Newcastle City Hall
18 – Edinburgh Usher Hall
20 – Carlisle Sands Centre
21 – Birmingham O2 Academy
22 – Hull Bonus Arena