Leeds gig for James and Happy Mondays as part of 2021 UK tour

James will be performing in Leeds as part of a major UK tour in late 2021 with special guests Happy Mondays.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 11:30 am
Tim Booth of James on stage.

The bands will be taking to the stage at the First Direct Arena on Thursday, November 25, 2021, with the dates marking 33 years since the two Factory label mates toured together back in 1988.

James are one of the UK’s most creatively restless and loved artists. Well into their fourth decade, their star has never shone brighter with their 2018 tour their biggest ever (86 shows across 14 countries) following No. 6 and No. 2 UK chart debuts for their most recent two studio albums.

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After signing to Factory Records in 1982, the band went on to release a series of successful hit singles & albums. From Sit Down to She’s A Star, Laid, Come Home and Moving On to Nothing But Love and Many Faces their uniquely diverse sound spans over 15 studio albums released over three decades, achieving both critical and commercial success.

James have sold over 20 million albums, playing shows across the globe and cementing their status as one of the most iconic live British bands.

Tim Booth said: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs. It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope. We're playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink..."

Following their original line up reformation in 2012, legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays will join this very special arena tour. Happy Mondays were first discovered by mastermind Tony Wilson in the Haçienda and have become synonymous with the Manchester music scene.

Since their first album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)’ which debuted in 1987 Happy Mondays followed up with two classic albums; ‘Bummed’ in 1988, then ‘Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches’ which went on to achieve platinum status in the UK alone.

Expect to hear songs Step On, Kinky Afro, Hallelujah, 24 Hour Party People and many, many more.

Tickets for James with very special guests Happy Mondays go on general sale at 9.30am on Friday November 20, and will be available via: gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk***************

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