James kick off the summer season at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre

James live on stage at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
James live on stage at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Thousands of fans headed to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on Friday for the first gig of the season performed by Manchester indie rockers James.

Led by Boston Spa singer Tim Booth, the band performed songs from their 33-year back catalogue, including material from last year’s La Petite Mort, their thirteenth studio album.

Fans enjoying the James concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Fans enjoying the James concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

For a band that often makes a physical connection with its fans when Booth ventures into the crowd, the frontman had no trouble reaching out to the audience, despite the unusual obstacle of the theatre’s lake in front of the stage.

Fans remained on their feet dancing throughout the energetic show, while singing along to their classic hits, as well as their impressive more recent compositions. They swayed to the stunning sounds of the violin and trumpet and belted out the words to signature song Sit Down, which was part of the encore.

Next up is Boyzone on Saturday June 13, followed by The Vamps on Saturday June 20 and Alfie Boe on Saturday June 27.

In July Jessie J, Elaine Page and McBusted will take to the stage, culminating in a performance from the legendary Tom Jones on July 29.

Fans enjoying the James concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Fans enjoying the James concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

August will see shows from Legends of Pop 80s, UB40 Runited, Blue and Atomic Kitten and Scouting for Girls featuring Only The Young and The Hooziers.

Gates open at 6pm.

For tickets and more information visit www.scarboroughopenairtheatre.com