James at Newmarket Nights: ‘A faultless performance’

Thousands turned out to see James live. Picture: JENNY ENTWISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA

Thousands turned out to see James live. Picture: JENNY ENTWISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA - Credit: Archant

Not knowing an awful lot about James I wasn’t sure what to expect when I headed down to Newmarket Racecourse tonight.

James' lead singer Tim Booth. Picture: JENNY ENTWHISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA

James' lead singer Tim Booth. Picture: JENNY ENTWHISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA - Credit: Archant

My only knowledge of their music was through car journeys with my parents when I was younger. Of course, everyone knows the classic Sit Down, and I was always (rather cringingly now I’m older and can understand the lyrics) a big fan of Laid.

But I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, I couldn’t sing along to many songs, but I could appreciate how talented lead singer Tim Booth and his band were.

Tracks included Getting Away With It, Born Of Frustration, How Was It For You and She’s A Star.

We also got a sneak peak at a new track, which was so new he held the lyrics in front of him as he sang. It came with a disclaimer - ‘we might get it wrong’...but it was fantastic.

The band provided great live music. Picture: JENNY ENTWHISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA

The band provided great live music. Picture: JENNY ENTWHISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA - Credit: Archant


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Of course, Sit Down was the favourite track of the night. It got every member of the crowd cheering and singing along and was followed by a thoroughly deserved rapturous applause.

Eccentric dance moves aside, Tim has a great voice that sounds just as good as it does in the studio, if not better - and his crowd loved it.

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His band were incredible, faultlessly accompanying the vocals.

Each time a member of the band had a solo, Tim would stand back and watch them, letting them take the limelight.

James performing at Newmarket Nights. Picture: JENNY ENTWISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA

James performing at Newmarket Nights. Picture: JENNY ENTWISTLE/CHUFF MEDIA - Credit: Archant

And to top it all off they closed the night with Laid. Brilliant.

Whether you’re a big James fan, or just a fan of great live music, get to one of their gigs if you can. A faultless performance!

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