James review – a decadent banquet of guitar-pop glories

SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Fronted by a prowling, prancing Tim Booth, James conjure mass singalongs and communal spirit

Midway through a nearly two-hour set, James singer Tim Booth reveals that the narrow gangway he has been prowling and prancing along was originally supposed to be situated much further into the crowd. Apparently, health and safety intervened. “They were worried you might devour me,” he declares. “But sometimes I don’t mind being devoured.”

With eight band members on stage and a back catalogue of 15 albums – including this year’s strident Living in Extraordinary Times – there is currently more James to feast on than ever, and in this case bigger is demonstrably better. The canny decision to team up with fellow indie veterans the Charlatans for a brief UK tour of jumbo-sized venues nudges the night into mini-festival territory, for a seasoned congregation equal parts rowdy and rapt.

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