MANCHESTER CASTLEFIELD BOWL
SATURDAY 2 JULY 2022
CELEBRATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR LEGENDARY ALTON TOWERS SHOW PLAYING EVERY SONG FROM THE ORIGINAL SET
“James are finally, officially, celebrating their elevation into the big league with a show which underlines just how much the Manchester once-melancholics have become a youth culture phenomenon …”
MELODY MAKER / 1992
“James remains one of the few British bands able to compete on the commercial level of today’s international pop stars …” BILLBOARD / 2018
“With their 40th anniversary looming, they’re at a late-period peak …” MOJO / 2021
Following their blistering performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, JAMES have announced a major outdoor headline show for the summer of 2022 at MANCHESTER CASTLEFIELD BOWL.
The date, SATURDAY 2 JULY, marks 30 years since the JAMES show at Alton Towers which saw 30,000 revellers descend onto the Staffordshire theme park for a legendary set broadcast live with Chris Evans on BBC Radio One. Their Alton Towers night created plenty of “I was there” moments for JAMES fans and so, to celebrate, the band will perform the same set list of songs from that night when they play Manchester Castlefield Bowl.
It’s remarkable that a 30-year-old set list includes so many hits such as Come Home, Born of Frustration, Say Something, Ring the Bells, Sound and Sit Down, as well as continued live favourites like Stutter, Johnny Yen and Hymn from A Village, in addition to rare gems like Goalie’s Ball, Live A Love of Life, America and Next Lover which haven’t been performed in decades.
Bassist Jim Glennie remembers, “It was a crazy day that was nearly defeated by the weather and the gig was even more celebratory due to the near miss. Come and celebrate 30 years since that iconic day, and this time with guaranteed sunshine!”
JAMES are undoubtedly a jewel in the British music crown. Since their breakthrough single, Sit Down, they have released 16 studio albums including the recent UK Top 3 album All the Colours of You, selling over 25 million copies in the process, and performed at countless headline shows and festivals across the world. They continue to be a huge live draw, having sold 60,000 tickets for their UK arena tour scheduled for this November and December, the band’s fastest ever selling tour.
JAMES / ALTON TOWERS SET LIST / JULY 1992
All songs to be performed, not necessarily in this order
- Born Of Frustration
- Hymn From a Village
- Goalie’s Ball
- Maria’s Party
- Live A Love of Life
- Come Home
- Next Lover
- Lose Control
- Say Something
- Johnny Yen
- Ring The Bells
- God Only Knows
- How Was It for You?
- What’s The World?
- Gold Mother
- Sit Down