So, the Summer run comes to an end at Scarborough Open Air Theatre and, after the previous nights circus that was Britney Spears, it was left to indie favourites James to bring the curtain down on what has been an incredible Summer of events at this stunning outdoor venue.

As we arrive at the venue Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is just finishing his set to a venue that is still only half full with there still plenty of fans pouring in as Badly Drawn Boy takes to the stage. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a set of very personal songs like “In Safe Hands”, the singer-songwriter provides a more than enjoyable soundtrack to the early evening calm.

By the time James take to the stage, the sun has set over the Scarborough Open Air Theatre and it is left to Tim Booth and his band mates to put on a suitably special show to bring this season of gigs to an end. Thankfully they do just that with a 16-song set that captures everything that is wonderful about this band. Opening with “Extraordinary Times” James soon have the Scarborough crowd rocking so much so that, by song three, “Better Than That”, the frontman has joined them making this evening a little more special for those fans hogging the barrier.

Speaking of special, when the band slow it down for an emotional rendition of “Coming Home (Pt 2)” and an absolutely jaw-dropping acoustic version of hit single “Sit Down”, you look around you and wonder to yourself just how the organisers are going to top this next Summer because, after the past few months and this finale, they’ve set themselves a hard task to follow.

Check out James’ video for “Coming Home (Pt.2)


James’ Setlist

01. Extraordinary Times
02. Hank
03. Better Than That
04. Sound
05. Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
06. Leviathon
07. Coming Home (Pt. 2)
08. Sit Down
09. Attention
10. Many Faces
11. What’s It All About
12. Moving On
13. How Was It for You
14. Come Home
15. Tomorrow
16. Sometimes (Lester Piggott)

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.