Back in the summer James had attempted to arrange a short notice fundraising show but were denied by logistical complexities, but have made good on the promise from front man Tim Booth that they would come back and perform a show. At their Castlefield show in July they donated profits from a special t-shirt that featured both the Manchester bee and the James daisy to the fund. The 2,000 capacity Albert Hall gig is sure to be an intense show as they're used to playing in venues up to ten times the size in what is still seen as their home town.
We haven't been able to organize the manchester charity show in this time window 😞It will come.
— Tim Booth (@RealTimBooth) July 25, 2017
The announcement comes as James are back in the studio to record their thirteenth studio album including some songs that were previewed at their festival shows over the summer. Provisional titles include Busted, Overdose, Trouble, Mask and Backwards Glances and the album is planned for release at some point in 2018.
The poster for the show has been designed by mysterious enigmatic Manchester artist Mancsy.
Tickets are on sale at 10am tomorrow from Gigsandtours and Ticketmaster priced at £45 plus fees.
James' official website can be found here. They are on Facebook and Twitter. Some of the band - Tim, Andy and Dave - are also on Twitter.
We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.