Question: Who put the James in James?
Answer: Bass player JIM GLENNIE – who spoke with us on behalf of our headliners.
Welcome to the Scottish highlands. Played up here before? Any expectations?
I know the Highlands well, having lived up there for seven years, but never played a gig. Let’s hope this is the first of many. I’m expecting lots of sunshine and no midges.
What are your festival essentials?
Wellies, cagoule, umbrella, small rowing boat. I always reckon if you prepare for the worst of the weathers, you’re guaranteed sunshine. …It never works, mind you.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Belladrum?
Fellow Mancs and band pals Polytechnic, Mumm-Ra, The Pigeon Detectives and the Magic Numbers… only we won’t be there when they’re playing so I’m not sure that counts.
Any festivals from the past you wish you’d been to?
The first Woodstock. We played the second which was a little odd, to put it mildly. The first Glastonbury, which apparently consisted of Michael Eavis standing in a field playing harmonica, being watched by two cows and a council official with a decibel meter.
Any tactics for winning the hearts and minds of unbelievers?
Tell lots of jokes, make references to local landmarks, and keep smiling.
What’s the highlight of your year been so far?
James getting back together, and finding out I’m going to be a granddad… quite amazing at 28!
And your plans for the rest of the year?
More festivals, then record next James album, possibly in a swanky chateau in France, which sounds more like a holiday than work, but don’t tell anyone.
What can we expect from your performance?
The usual stumbling and fumbling, laced with moments of pure genius. I’ll let you decide which are which.