Festival season kicks off

James take a break from recording a new album and kick off this summer’s very busy festival schedule with a gig on Fri 22nd May at Europe’s largest open air theatre – the scarborough open air theatre.

Yes that is a big lake in front of the stage! You can get tickets here and facebook event page here

Then it is straight off to Bearded Theory festival where we headline on Sunday night 24th May

Tickets here and facebook page here

Currently Busy Recording

Lots of studio activity going on at the moment – not too much live action until the summer. Check the gigs page for updates.

RecordingCurrently mixing a new Spaceheads album which should be ready for a September / October release – and putting ideas together for a new James album to be recorded from May- July. Details and pics will appear here

Spaceheads gigs

Spaceheads have a series of gigs coming up in February and March.
On  the 7th Feb we are supporting the mighty Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp who are in the UK on tour.


The night is hosted by Club Integral and is at The Others in Stoke Newington London N16 5SA.There is a facebook event page here

We then play a couple of gigs supporting the new line up of Dislocation Dance.

London: 28th Feb at 229 club at 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN. Tickets can be bought here and there is a facebook event page here

Manchester: 6th March at The Roadhouse, 8 Newton St Manchester M1 2AN. Tickets are available here and a facebook event page here

REB new Single

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band have a new double A side 7 inch single released in March. You can pre-order now via the Michael Head website.


New Year New Album

As we enter 2015 – Spaceheads announce that a new album is being recorded and edited at the moment for release later in 2015.

Here is a picture from the studio. There are more pictures along with audio and video snippets over on the spaceheads website


Sound and Light

I am playing a solo set with trumpet and electronics along with projections from Rucksack Cinema at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in London on Saturday 13th Dec. Set runs from 7-8pm

Entrance next to Hackney Peace Mural, 13 Dalston Lane E8 3DF

Sound and Light Poster

Obrigado La Petite Mort Tour Ends

The James “La Petite Mort tour came to a successful end with two gigs in Portugal Lisbon and Guimaraes – where we played live with Nicolinos drummers on the eve of Pinheiro 2014.

You can read reviews of most of the gigs on the Manchester Blog Even the Stars

Thanks to all the James crew that looked after us and to Starsailor who opened for us in the UK and to all the fans that filled the theatres and arenas and those that followed us on the road from show to show

Next up for James is to record some new songs and play a few festivals next year….. till then…….


Back in the Albert Hall

Will I get to blow my own trumpet from the balcony of the Royal Albert Hall again?

James are off on tour and we start with a warm up at the Albert Halls in Sterling Scotland on Sat 8th Nov before playing a re-sheduled date in Oxford on 10th Nov.

Then the La Petite Mort Tour starts in Cambridge on the 11th Nov with Starsailor supporting. We return to the Royal Albert Hall on 19th Nov.

There is a full list of dates on my gig page and also at the james website. There are still links for tickets showing but a lot have already sold out.

We finish off with a special weekend back in Portugal. In Guimarães on 28th and Lisbon on 29th Nov

As usual you can follow our progress with daily news from the tour bus on Juliets blog on the James website

Also tweets from the road mainly from @larryontour
but also myself, Tim Booth and DBP the voice behind the drums!

And regular pics, video and reviews on my facebook page and on this Manchester based music blog Even the Stars

Live on iPlayer

I guess that is the definition of having “made it” when you are stuck on the front page of the BBC iPlayer in between the “Great British Bake Off” and “Strictly Come Dancing”.


James live footage of our performance at Maida Vale studios for 6 Music is no longer on the red button but is available until the end of October to view on iPlayer

Webster Hall New York

On 21st October James play at the historic Webster hall in New York on the Lower East side of Manhattan. It is our only date in the states and our first one there for a few years.

You can still get hold of the last few tickets here and there is a facebook event page here


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I am a Trumpet player. I try to avoid the usual standard trumpet noises (nice as they are), and use various aids from electronic pedals and laptop software to extra bits of tubing and kazoos on the end of slides to make the trumpet sound like something you haven't heard before. I write and record my own music as well as playing with bands that like a sound that is a bit different.


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