Camp Bestival – James

August 2, 2014

Manchester favourites James gave a hit-filled headline Camp Bestival set oozing verve and passion – not to mention a few surprises – to leave Bestivalers wowed at the close of Friday night.

On the back of recent LP release La Petite Mort, the seven piece appear to have found a new sense of liberation, which bodes well for their future. Facilitated by Tim Booths candid storytelling of the recent loss of his mother, the often problematic situation of forcing festival audiences and new material together was non-existent, with the band echoing Tim Booths convincing display.

Not only do the band now boast hits such as Sit Down, which made a return to their setlist last night (much to the delight of fans and passers-by alike), new additions such as Moving On only added to the spectacle for which James provide. Indeed, with the performance of Moving On, with its soaring trumpets and anthemic choruses, Rob da Banks selection of James as Friday night headliners was more than vindicated.

Camp Bestival was even treated to a brief cameo appearance from sub-headliner and bona fide music legend, Johnny Marr, who joined the band onstage to fire out a thrilling rendition of their 1989 fan favourite Come Home. Closing with one of their biggest hits to date, Laid – a song forever ingrained within the hearts of the American Pie generation – the band exited to the adulation of the Dorset faithful having given a thrilling performance befitting of their headline status.

Matt Taylor

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