Jim bucks the trend of artists performing live from home by reading bedtime stories from his armchair on Facebook Live.
Tim emerges from lockdown to perform an Isolation Session of three tracks with neighbour Joel Shearer from his home in Topanga and another online set as part of a dance workshop featuring five tracks from James, Booth And The Bad Angel and his solo career.
Four festival appearances for the summer of 2020 are cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
James round off their UK festival season headlining Bingley Live before heading to Iberia for a headline set broadcast live from Lisbon’s Rock In Rio anniversary celebrations and shows at Madrid’s La Riviera and Porto’s Parque Pastelaria. A scheduled performance at the Visor Festival in Benidorm is cancelled due to storms.
They announce that the band will go on a hiatus before regrouping to complete the studio album that were in the middle of writing.
James headline Lakefest, Hardwick Live and Cool Britannia festivals as well as playing their own headline shows in Edinburgh Princes Gardens and at Doncaster Racecourse and travelling to France to the Cabaret Vert festival where they are joined on stage by Patti Smith Band’s Lenny Kaye who produced their debut album Stutter.
James head to North America for a 24-date co-headline tour with The Psychedelic Furs that runs into August culminating at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
James kick off the UK festival season playing The Great Estate Festival before heading to Greece to play a headline show in Thessaloniki and a festival in Athens.
From there they head to Malta for their first ever show there which is almost cancelled as Jim is taken ill shortly before stage time but the band soldier on.
They head back to the UK to play the Isle Of Wight Festival and support Courteeners at their massive hometown Heaton Park show in Manchester.
James play two intimate sold-out Portuguese shows in the coliseums of Porto and Lisbon.
James tour the UK supporting themselves with a thirty minute acoustic slot on dates in Margate, Bath, London, Cambridge, Nottingham, Southampton, Stoke, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Carlisle and Hull. Tim injures himself during the tour and plays part of the shows seated in a chair.
James finish off the year with four arena shows at Glasgow SECC, London Wembley Arena, Manchester Arena and Leeds First Direct Arena supported by The Charlatans. Both Tim and Andy make guest appearances during The Charlatans set at the London and Manchester shows.
James played a series of international dates in Auckland and Christchurch (New Zealand), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth (Australia), Dubai and Kirstenbosch and Pretoria (South Africa).
They also announced a twelve-date UK tour for March 2019 with them supporting themselves with a half-hour acoustic set.
Acoustic versions of Many Faces and Backwards Glances are released.
Acoustic versions of Coming Home (Pt 2) and Leviathan are released as well as a live video of Many Faces recorded at their Halifax show in May.