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James Announce First Ever New Zealand Shows

James Announce First Ever New Zealand Shows

Tuesday 2nd August, 2016 9:48AM

Manchester alt-rock outfit James have announced their first ever New Zealand shows, which come off-the-back of releasing their 14th studio album back in March. Having formed in 1982, the band initially came up through the infamous Factory Records scene and has been credited with being part of the indie movement that produced the likes of The Stone Roses and the Inspiral Carpets.

After nine studio albums the band split in 2001, but reformed in 2007 with lead singer Tim Booth rejoining the fold. Earlier this year the band released Girl at the End of the World, which shot to the top of the UK charts upon its unveiling. Here are the details for their debut shows on New Zealand soil...


Wednesday 9th November, Powerstation, Auckland
Thursday 10th November, Opera House, Wellington

Here's the recently released video for 'Dear John' lifted off Girl At The End Of The World...

And here's the video for their 1993 hit 'Laid'...



“This bed is on fire with passionate love,
The neighbours complain about the noises above…”

These memorable lines from James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ defined a decade becoming the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio and then finding a second life through its use in the hit movie ‘American Pie’. Now the Mancunian rockers are heading to New Zealand for the very first time to celebrate the release of their new album, GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD.

James have just added two shows in New Zealand off the back of their Australian November tour, which is already practically Sold Out. Presented by MJR Presents, James will play the Powerstation in Auckland on Wednesday, November 9 and the Opera House in Wellington on Thursday, November 10.

Having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene, James already had a decade of hits to their name by the time ‘Laid’ shot up the charts - making them one of the biggest bands in the world at the dawn of the 90s.

After internal struggles kicked off a long hiatus in 2001, the band reconciled in 2007 and once again hit the road, but still never quite made it to Australia and New Zealand.

Fast-forward to 2016 and the release of their 14th album GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which debuted at #2 in the UK charts (only behind Adele) and James now have Australia and New Zealand in their sights. And with rave reviews from their recent UK tour, these shows are not to be missed.

“It’s not hard to grasp the enduring appeal of James… With a hit album, a sellout tour and no sign of the tunes running out, James are, without a doubt, the indie rock dream made flesh” The Observer.

GIRL AT THE END OF THE WORLD sees the band team up with producer Max Dingel (The Killers, Muse, White Lies) with the legendary Brian Eno infusing his unique influence into the blend. The new album is both anthemic and euphoric, with its simmering electronica continuing James’ long connection to the dance floor. The band’s trademark songwriting and Tim Booth’s distinctive vocal and evocative lyrics prove once again to be amongst Britain’s finest.

“Bands talk about that difficult second album but it’s the trickster 14th one that’s the real M*&^%R F&%$#R,” says Booth.

"As always with James it’s a collaborative process allowing ample room for improvisation, intuition, skill and dumb luck. From the outside our process looks like chaos but chaos is our friend and we have a history that gives us confidence that something magical will eventually appear. We've been trying to come to Australia and New Zealand for many years - something never quite felt right. Really looking forward to meeting new friends and making up for lost time."


Tickets on sale Thursday August 4, 10.00am from


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