JAMES ANNOUNCE 40th ANNIVERSARY DOUBLE ALBUM OF GREATEST HITS & FAN FAVOURITES RE-IMAGINED WITH ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR
‘BE OPENED BY THE WONDERFUL’RELEASED 9 JUNE 2023
SPECIAL GUEST MIDDAY HEADLINE SLOT AT LATITUDE FESTIVAL23 JULY 2023 BRAND NEW DATE ANNOUNCED AT WOLVERHAMPTON THE HALLS FOR TUESDAY 20TH JUNE
Last week James announced details of a new album in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Be Opened By The Wonderful is a 20 track (19 Vinyl) of some of their most loved and rare tracks, re-imagined with a 22 piece orchestra and 8 piece choir. Released on 9th June via Virgin Music and available on DSPs, CD and Vinyl the double-album also includes one brand new track, Love Make A Fool, to be released in April. Pre-Order the album here
Be Opened By The Wonderful was recorded at Blueprint Studios in Manchester, orchestrated and conducted by Joe Duddell with the ORCA22 Orchestra lead by Andra Vornicu featuring the Manchester Inspirational Voices choir, directed by Wayne Ellington.
In further celebration of their 40th Anniversary, the band will play a headline set at Latitude Festival, performing as Special Guests on the Sunday afternoon at Midday, a slot especially created for James to honour their Anniversary. This performance will see them backed with orchestra and choir.
Tim Booth says “Life begins at 40. For our midlife euphoria we recorded a double orchestral album of some of our deepest cuts. If you already have a golden ticket, you’ll be catching this on tour and at Latitude festival. Bring your wings and come ready to fly.”
Joe Duddell says “Having attended the first 6 years of Latitude Festival, I’m excited to be involved in James’ special Main Stage Show this year in a UK Festival exclusive. James have always been a great band at Festivals, mixing their extensive well loved back catalogue with newer songs which immediately sounds as they too have been around forever.”
As previously announced, the band will be headlining venues across the UK, April through to May on their ‘James Lasted’ tour, calling at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, concluding at The Royal Albert Hall, London on 17th May. Tickets for the tour sold out in a record time of 6 hours.
Following their orchestral tour, James have also just announced a live show at Wolverhampton The Halls for Tuesday 20th June 2023 preceding multiple festival appearances and live dates this summer. Tickets for this show go on sale Friday 31st March at 10am via www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
One of Britain’s most enduring success stories, James have released 16 studio albums, selling over 25 million copies with their recent run of Top 5 albums proving to be a golden era for the band. All The Colours Of You released in 2021 was their most critically acclaimed in years, preceded by Living in Extraordinary Times and Girl at the End of the World which narrowly missed out on the top spot in 2016 to Adele.
James are: Tim Booth, Jim Glennie, Saul Davies, Adrian Oxaal, David Baynton-Power, Mark Hunter, Andy Diagram, Chloe Alper, Deborah Knox-Hewson.
#1Sometimes Love Make A Fool We’re Gonna Miss You Tomorrow The Lake She’s A Star Lookaway Sit Down Alaskan Pipeline
#2Someone’s Got It In For Me Hey Ma Hello Beautiful Beaches Why So Close Medieval Hymn From A Village Say Something Top Of The World Moving On Laid
Side ASometimes Love Make A Fool We’re Gonna Miss You Tomorrow
Side BThe Lake She’s A Star Lookaway Sit Down Alaskan Pipeline
Side CSomeone’s Got It In For Me Hey Ma Hello Beautiful Beaches Why So Close
Side DMedieval Say Something Top Of The World Moving On Laid
Pre-Order the album here
JAMES HEADLINE ORCHESTRAL TOUR 2023
25th Brighton, Brighton Dome26th Cardiff, Saint Davids Hall 28th York, York Barbican 29th Edinburgh, The Usher Hall
1st Glasgow, SEC Armadillo2nd Newcastle, O2 City Hall Newcastle 4th Sheffield, City Hall 5th Birmingham, Symphony Hall 7th Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall 9th Manchester, O2 Apollo 10th Manchester, O2 Apollo 12th Blackpool, Opera House 13th Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall 15th Bath, Forum 17th London, Royal Albert Hall JAMES LIVE 2023
20th Wolverhampton, The Halls – on sale Friday 31st March at 10am
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FESTIVAL DATES 2023
28th In It Together Festival
23rd Bristol Sounds
2nd Liverpool Outdoor7th The Piece Hall, Halifax 8th The Piece Hall, Halifax 12th Thessaloniki 21st Forest Fest 23rd Latitude Festival – with orchestra (Midday stage time) 28th Dundee, Slessor Gardens 29th Y NOT Festival
11th South Facing, Crystal PalaceSeptember
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.