James Bay

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James Bay looks back: ‘I’m glad to have kicked the fedora habit’
The singer-songwriter recreates an old photo and reflects on going from playing in empty rooms to opening for the Rolling Stones

Harriet Gibsone

29, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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James Bay: Electric Light review – too much chaos and not enough calm
Bay’s second album ditches the bluesy apparel for ruthlessly efficient pop with more en-masse choirs than a touring production of Sister Act

Alexis Petridis

17, May, 2018 @11:00 AM

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James Bay review – sex, sparkles and shades of Prince in husky revamp
The perma-hatted troubadour behind Hold Back the River has emerged with a slick new look – and the songs sometimes match up

Ian Gittins

16, Mar, 2018 @9:23 AM

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Tracks of the week reviewed: Noah Cyrus, Daphne and Celeste and James Bay
Featuring 2018’s first gold-plated pop anthem, a bucket-bonced banger-botherer and indie-pop’s premier hat wearing returns with an underplayed slinkwobbler

Peter Robinson

16, Feb, 2018 @12:00 AM

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Brit awards 2016: Adele dominates with four awards
Singer’s prizes, including best British female solo artist and best album, follow the success of 25, which sold more than 800,000 copies in its first week

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

25, Feb, 2016 @7:19 AM

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Brit awards 2016 with Adele, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and more – as it happened
Catch up on all the action from this year’s Brit awards, at the O2 Arena in London

Harriet Gibsone, Michael Hann, Morwenna Ferrier and Priya Elan

24, Feb, 2016 @11:37 PM

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Jack Garratt: Phase review – unrequited love over dubstep stylings
Jack Garratt’s debut album proves he can conjure a decent lyric and work wonders with a mixing desk

Kitty Empire

21, Feb, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Jack Garratt review – candid solo show provides perfect riposte to 'bland' claims
Brit winner’s gripping display offered a gnarly sincerity that outstrips Ed Sheeran – and vindicated his tongue-in-cheek outrage at harsher critics

Caroline Sullivan

17, Feb, 2016 @12:08 PM

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What's with all the white-boy blues singers?
Jack Garratt, James Bay and Hozier all share an affected warble that has come to dominate British pop. Where did it come from, and why won’t it just go away?

Luke Holland

29, Jan, 2016 @8:59 AM

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Hello from the winning side: Adele tops the list of Brits nominations
Singer is joined by Years & Years and James Bay on four nominations for the British music industry’s annual awards

Tim Jonze

14, Jan, 2016 @6:00 PM

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Justin Bieber becomes first artist to fill top three spots in UK singles chart
The Canadian pop star breaks a new record with three simultaneous top three singles, while Adele continues her reign atop the album chart

Guardian music

08, Jan, 2016 @7:15 PM

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Glastonbury 2015: Friday daytime as it happened – Mary J Blige, Pussy Riot and gig tombola
The soul queen played Glastonbury for the first time, the clouds opened, Guardian writers played gig tombola, and Pussy Riot rocked up with Charlotte Church

Michael Hann, Caspar Llewellyn Smith, Tim Jonze, Pamela Hutchinson, Rebecca Nicholson, Tshepo Mokoena

26, Jun, 2015 @5:54 PM

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