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Sat 17th Aug 2019 @ 11:30 am£35
ARC & VMS Live Present
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary music.
This summer, James are back with new songs forged in these strangest of days. The Mancunians returned in May with the ‘Better Than That’ EP and they will follow that in August with their 15th studio album, aptly titled ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’. Taken together as shot and chaser they prove James to be as vital, visceral and urgent as ever.
James are one of British indie rock’s most celebrated and enduring bands. Formed in 1982 in Whalley Range, Manchester, their debut ‘Jimone’ EP was released in November the
following year on Factory Records and made Morrissey and Johnny Marr into early fans. The band went on to produce a string of huge hits during the next three decades, including ‘Come Home’, ‘Sit Down’, ‘She’s a Star’ and ‘Laid’.
The band’s longevity can be attributed to their constant process of renewal and reinvention. Their most recent album, 2016’s ‘Girl at the End of the World’ debuted at number two in the UK album charts. In total, they have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including their 1998 ‘Best Of’ which was a UK number one and went triple platinum. James’ reputation as a uniquely transcendent live act is well-earned, having headlined festivals from Glastonbury in 1992 to Festival No.6 in 2015.
After an intimate tour of UK venues in May, the band will take their new music on the road this summer with festivals in the UK and Europe and further shows to come later in the year.
“When you see James live, you see that we’re still an organism that’s alive: growing and shifting and changing,” says Booth. “There aren’t many of us who have been around for this
long who are still doing that.”
There’s nobody quite like James.
But like we said, extraordinary times call for extraordinary music.
Gates Open: 11.30am
First Race: 1.30pm
Last Race: 4.50pm
On Stage: 5.30pm tbc