SetlistFirst Set (acoustic, new songs and improv): Albert Hall Improvised Jam / Seven / Mask / Hello / Sit Down / Many Faces
Main Set: To My Surprise / Born Of Frustration / Curse Curse / Play Dead / How Was It For You / Tomorrow / Interrogation / Moving On / Lost A Friend / Attention / Come Home / She's A Star / Nothing But Love / Sometimes
SupportThe Slow Readers Club, James Allan
At the end of October 2017 James announced a special one-off intimate concert to benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund with the following message “Very happy to announce this benefit gig that we have been trying to make happen since the atrocity took place. Please excuse our tardiness. We intend to make a memorable night of this intimate gig. With love, James.” The tickets for the 2,000 capacity Manchester Albert Hall sold out in minutes.
The gig itself was opened by an acoustic set by special guests The Slow Readers Club, who had supported them throughout the Girl At The End Of The World tour.
James then played a first set of new songs, acoustic arrangements and Q&A, including a 9-minuted improvisation to showcase how the band developed new material. The acoustic songs, arranged by Joe Duddell, featured a string quartet.
Glasvegas singer and songwriter James Allan played a solo keyboard and guitar set.
James returned for their main set. At the end James bid farewell to regular touring member Ron Yeadon.
Specific merchandise was produced for the gig, including a hoodie, t-shirt and Mancsy print, with all net-profits going to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
Tonight James were soul music, healing the heart of a city that was devastated by an attack on the gig culture that is at the very core of what makes Manchester one of, if not the principal music city of the world.
They deliver it as ever with a cleverness that means momentum is never lost and Tim’s out amongst us on Curse Curse, bending almost contorted over the front rows as well as ignoring all health and safety rules and a fair bit of self-preservation by clambering up onto the balcony and dangling precariously over us for the main set closer Come Home, showing that their intent is not just to connect emotionally but also physically with us.
Read the full review at EvenTheStars.co.uk.