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James steal the show at annual charity event

Finally, it was down to James to steal the show. They

teamed up with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and

the night suddenly had a BBC Electric Proms feel

with Tim and the band running through some classic

tracks including Say Something, Just like Fred

Astaire and She’s A Star, with full orchestral backing.

The show climaxed as Tim was joined by New

Order’s Peter Hook for a special tribute to Joy

Division.  Tim Booth threw himself into his trademark

dance, much to the delight of the Manchester crowd,

finishing a perfect night of music in aid of a good


Dave Monks, BBC 6 Music

**** (4 stars)

Versus Cancer

James – perhaps, after all these years, Manchester’s

most enduring musical product – pair up with the

BBC Philharmonic for a truly-one-off performance.

Alongside better-known songs like Laid and Say

Something they resurrect the rarely played Don’t

Wait for orchestral accompaniment. For an encore

they invite Peter Hook on stage and end the show

with Joy Division’s Transmission and Atmosphere –

a truly beautiful Manchester moment.

This city lost Tony Wilson to cancer and that only

serves to make tonight more poignant. A roar from

the heart of the city. A chance to raise those two

fingers high.

City Life Correspondent, Manchester Evening News