SetlistWalk Like You / How Was It For You / Catapult / Dear John / Five-0 / Hymn From A Village / Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) / Sometimes / Busted / Interrogation / Born Of Frustration / Stripmining / She's A Star / Of Monsters And Heroes And Men / Moving On / Attention / Sit Down / Nothing But Love / Come Home / Laid
SupportSlow Readers Club, David Keenan
James produced a unique T-shirt for the Castlefield gig, with each sale providing a donation to the Manchester Emergency Fund.
Even The Stars
This type of stage was made for James and tonight they deliver possibly the finest hometown show we’ve seen them deliver. There’s something for everyone in a set that spans the best part of three and a half decades from their Factory single Hymn From A Village, that still sounds as fresh and vital as it did when it came out through to a brand new song called Busted that is being played for only the second time and which makes us firmly believe that this is a band with years still left in their tank with their creative spark burning stronger than ever rather than dimming with age.
Manchester Evening News
…Nothing But Love has the crowds in raptures, many giving random strangers high fives and hugs, and up on the sloping grass upper-echelons of Castlefield Bowl the giddier kippers in their daisy t-shirts are near sliding up and down with joy.
It’s hard to explain the ragged attraction of a James show to people who are used to polished and over-rehearsed slick performances or acts that rely on backing tapes, but it’s that knife-edge of excitement of knowing that a song the band have played a million times could fall apart any second that keeps the diehards coming back. It’s called live music; you should try it sometime.
James well and truly came home and whilst Booth sang the lyrics “I’m in awe of you” during ‘Of Monsters & Heroes & Men’ earlier in the evening, the bands set left a sold out Castlefield Bowl full of fans well and truly in awe of James.
Flick Of The Finger
Having attended a fair few James gigs over the years their ability to draw in a crowd as they perform is a joy to behold, I don’t think I have ever encountered a band who can layer up a song is such intricate layers that drag you some place new.
Read the full review at FlickOfTheFinger.co.uk