New album and Sheffield show for Hold Back the River star James Bay

Hold Back the River star James Bay has announced details of his much anticipated second album '“ as well as an accompanying UK tour which includes a date in Sheffield.

Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 5:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th March 2018, 9:20 pm
James Bay. Picture: Sarah Plantadosi.

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter releases Electric Light on Friday, May 18, the follow-up to his multi-million selling, Brit award-winning debut Chaos and the Calm.

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

He says: “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.

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“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.”

His tour includes a show at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Friday, June 1.

Fan pre-sale begins on Wednesday, March 14, at 10am, with general sale starting at 10am on Friday, March 16.

Fans can gain access to pre-sale tickets with any purchase from – for all tickets, go to

Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced Electric Light with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green.

He also brought onboard Paul Epworth to add final production elements to the record.

Released a month ago, 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 co-starring Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things.

Across the globe it has earned widespread critical acclaim from NME, Forbes, Harpers Bazaar, Time, GQ UK, Rolling Stone, People, Clash, Billboard, and more.