One of UK’s most creatively restless and loved artists, British rock band James, will join the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2016 star-studded line up!
The organizers of the longest running and most awarded multi-day music festival in the region has added another great act to complete the bill!
Dubai, 14 January 2016: Chillout Productions has officially announced today the addition of the British rock veterans James to the 2016 line up, proving once again that the organizers always have surprises in store for their fans. The Manchester seven-piece will be performing alongside Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and Toto on February 24, at the 14th edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® 2016 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Fans can expect an extraordinary performance from James as they will play live favourites and more throughout the night!
Known for their unique and diverse style over their 13 studio albums, they’re both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, having sold over 12 million albums worldwide. The band originally signed to the iconic Factory Records in 1982, and have since gone onto produce a string of massive hit singles, including: ‘Sit Down’, ‘Come Home’, ‘She’s A Star’ and ‘Born of Frustration’. Now, 32 years on, and less than two years after the release of their spectacular La Petite Mort album, they have already come up with a new record that the band considers their best ever. The latest and 14th studio album, Girl At The End Of The World, is set for release on March 18, 2016. The band will also embark on a 15-date UK tour in May, including a giant hometown show at Manchester Arena and a 3-date takeover of London at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, O2 Forum Kentish Town and O2 Brixton Academy.
“Everyone needs to experience Dubai Jazz Festival in all its glory so we invite everyone this February as this 14th edition is without a doubt the festival’s cream of the crop. By adding James as a co-headliner, festivalgoers can absolutely enjoy the incredible live performances from our great and diverse line up this year. The return of sell-out acts such as Legendary Pop-Rock Band Toto, Singer-Songwriters David Gray and Sting, and Jazz-Pop-Rock Legend Carlos Santana to headline the festival alongside Master Trumpeter Chris Botti, Youtube Sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, and Percussion Group La Bomba De Tiempo, will be a three unforgettable nights for all – an event that is surely not to be missed,” said Anthony Younes, CEO and Founder Chillout Productions.
The Manchester seven-piece had become international stars by challenging conventional wisdom and charting their own course with literate, rousing anthems like ‘Sit Down’, ‘Laid’ and ‘She's A Star’. The band’s beating heart has always been about feeling the groove and making an emotional connection with their audience, the 'magnificent seven' – the classic line-up of singer Tim Booth, bassist Jim Glennie, guitarist Larry Gott, multi-instrumentalist Saul Davies, keyboardist Mark Hunter, drummer David Baynton-Power and trumpeter Andy Diagram – knew they could only pick up the baton by staying true to the restless spirit of their best work.
When James announced their comeback shows in 2007, all 35,000 tickets sold out in 30 minutes. And, across three decades of global success, their album sales stand at 12 million, with 20 of their singles hitting the UK Top 40. That unique brand of James magic dates back to the band's formative years in the Whalley Range district of Manchester in 1981. That was the Manchester of Buzzcocks, New Order and, crucially for James, arch iconoclasts The Fall. It was a dark, post-industrial Northern city, but also a hub of incredible creative energy.
A series of innovative releases followed, allowing the band to build a cult following away from the glare of the mainstream. Then, at the end of the Eighties, James suddenly found themselves in vogue: their self-financed 1989 live album One Man Clapping topped the independent charts; the anthemic Sit Down became a touchstone single; their major label album Gold Mother, released on Fontana, sold two million. That album was followed by 1991's Seven and 1993's Eno-produced, million-selling Laid, which broke James fully in America after initial inroads had been made with an acoustic tour supporting Neil Young.
The rest of the Nineties saw James broaden their musical scope. They cemented their standing across the Atlantic but the gigging treadmill eventually took its toll, leaving an exhausted band to go their separate ways after Pleased To Meet You. Seven years after their 2007 reunion, they released an album of extremes - La Petite Mort. Now, they have come up with a record that the band considers their best ever - Girl At The End Of The World.
Since their reunion, they have headlined arenas as far afield as Greece and Mexico, played Lollapalooza in Chile, Hard Rock Calling in London, Coachella in California and the Rock In Rio festival in Portugal. We can now expect many more major indoor shows and outdoor festivals to be added to that illustrious list.
Tickets are on sale exclusively from Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.ae or 800-TM-UAE at the following categories and prices: Regular Standing – AED 395, Golden Circle – AED 795, Fan Pit – AED 995 and VIP - AED 1,450.
For more information, visit www.dubaijazzfest.com