31 Jan 2008
James warm up for spring tour 
James play a warm-up for their April 2008 tour at the St George's Hall in Bradford on Tuesday 8 April. Tickets go on sale tomorrow Friday 1 February at 9am via gigsandtours.com, the venue's Box Office on 01274 432 000 or the 24hr credit card hotline on 0871 2200 260.

The tour proper starts in Derby on 10 April and ends in Aberdeen on 25 April. Full details at wearejames.com. The new James album is released on 7 April.

Thanks to George on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.

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