Hitchin’s James Bay announces new album release and UK tour dates

PUBLISHED: 17:01 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:10 07 March 2018

James Bay announces album release date and additional UK tour dates. Picture: Sarah Piantadosi

James Bay announces album release date and additional UK tour dates. Picture: Sarah Piantadosi

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Hitchin singer James Bay has today announced when he will release his much-anticipated second album, Electric Light.

James Bay's second album will be released in May, and is available to pre-order now. Picture: Sarah PiantadosiJames Bay's second album will be released in May, and is available to pre-order now. Picture: Sarah Piantadosi

The follow-up to his multi-million-selling debut album Chaos & The Calm – which landed him BRIT and Ivor awards, and three Grammy nominations – is set to be released on Friday, May 18.

James, who is aspiring to push his own musical boundaries with Electric Light, said: “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.”

The release comes alongside UK tour dates, including London and Cambridge shows on May 29 and June 3 – with European shows in June, and a tour of North America in the autumn.

Pink Lemonade comes out ahead of Bay�s NBC Saturday Night Live debut performance this Saturday. Picture: Sarah PiantadosiPink Lemonade comes out ahead of Bay�s NBC Saturday Night Live debut performance this Saturday. Picture: Sarah Piantadosi

Electric Light was composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, with James co-writing and co-producing alongside friend and collaborator Jon Green. He also brought in Paul Epworth, known for his work with Adele, to work on the record’s production.

Former Hitchin Boys’ School student James sold out this month’s London show in minutes, as well as his nine-show pring headline tour of the United States.

Fans can now pre-order Electric Light and unlock an instant download of the first single, Wild Love, and the newly-released Pink Lemonade.

Premiering on Apple Music Beats 1 radio today, Pink Lemonade showcases the 27-year-old’s evolution with a louder sound and transistor guitars. The single comes out ahead of Bay’s NBC Saturday Night Live debut performance this Saturday.

James' single Wild Love has already reached 10 million Spotify streams following its release on February 8. Picture: Sarah PiantadosiJames' single Wild Love has already reached 10 million Spotify streams following its release on February 8. Picture: Sarah Piantadosi

Released on February 8, single Wild Love has already reached 10 million Spotify streams and counting, in addition to racking up nearly three million views from its official music video – which co-stars Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer.

Fans can gain access to pre-sale tickets with any purchase from the online shop at jamesbay.com. Pre-sale tickets will available from 10am on Wednesday, with tickets going on open sale from next Friday.

For all tickets, go to jamesbay.com. To listen to Pink Lemonade, see jamesbay.lnk.to/PinkLemonadePR.

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