The Indy Pop Masters from Manchester James made a triumphant return to our local shores and rocked the socks off 012 on Sunday (25 November 2018) at a packed Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. James last rocked RSA back in 2000 (supporting Smashing Pumpkins) and much has happened with the band since. Despite several ups-and-downs, James has gone from strength-to-strength since the return of vocalist Tim Booth in 2007 and the last decade saw them release 6 albums. Their latest release 'Living in Extraordinary Times' was unleashed earlier this year with seemingly no end to their impressive career (now well into its 4th decade).
Local favourites Watershed was sadly not able to perform due to old Murphy playing havoc with flight delays and the rain, but their eagerly-anticipated new album 'Harbour' was on sale a week before its launch this week. By the time James took the stage the audience was in fever-pitch spirit singing to James classics in full voice. James decisively delivered the great majority of the fan favourites and new tracks alike. These Manchester Lads are like a fine wine, seemingly getting even better with age. Their energy and passion were electric with Tim spending loads of time interacting in the audience (who evidently enjoyed every moment of the show).
Special thanks to We Are Live and TenFour Media
All Photos by David Devo Oosthuizen