Hold back the river because James Bay will be crossing the sea this summer, with full runs planned in both Europe and North America.
The artist is dropping a new album, Electric Light, May 18. That project is available for pre-order now, and is bundled with immediate downloads of the singles “Wild Love” and “Pink Lemonade.”
Bay was already scheduled to start a tour March 15 in London, after which he runs throughout North America for a few weeks. The new dates start with a performance at Radio 1 Biggest Weekend in Swansea, Wales, May 27. After that he runs through the U.K. for a bit, with stops in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin June 8, 11 and 12, respectively. Other festival plays overseas include Isle Of Wight in Newcastle, England, June 23, TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, June 29 and RiZE in Chelmsford, England Aug. 17.
He starts the North American leg in Atlanta Sept. 13 at
Coca -Cola Roxy , and continues in theatres and amphitheatres until Oct. 15 in Portland, Ore.’s Rose Garden Amphitheatre.
A presale for these dates is available for his fanclub March 14 at 10 a.m. and the general onsale opens March 16 at 10 a.m.
Bay is excited about his new, louder sound with transistor guitars on Electric Light. He said in a statement: “If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame – while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me. The feeling of a 100-watt bulb expanding and brightening is what I envisioned. Electric Light came to my mind and I knew it was perfect.”
James Bay hasn’t been on tour since 2016, and a few Boxoffice records show he was filling theatres throughout the U.S. that year. He ran with Joseph as support and a highlight from the tour was two nights at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Sept. 23-24 which reported a gross of $168,510 with 4,546 moved. He also grossed a sizable $238,310 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, with 5,754 tickets reported.