JAMES have announced details of The Gathering Sound Tour in the UK which kicks off in April 2013.

The legendary Manchester band who have released twelve albums and sold more than 20 million albums worldwide will be performing songs from their extensive back catalogue.

The band have also now confirmed that Echo and the Bunnymen will be appearing as their very special guests. The two bands will be touring together for the first time.

Lead singer Tim Booth said: "It is with great pleasure that we announce our Gathering Sound April tour with the legendary Echo and the Bunnymen as our very special guests. We will be re-working old songs and revealing some new steps - expect the unexpected and prepare yourself for more passion than fifty shades of grey.” The band are currently writing and working on new material together in Scotland.

Tickets go on sale on Friday November 23rd at 10am here and the dates run as follows:

Saturday 13 April 2013 Glasgow SECC Hall
Monday 15 April 2013 Newcastle O2 Academy
Tuesday 16 April 2013 Sheffield O2 Academy
Wednesday 17 April 2013 Bristol Colston Hall
Friday 19 April 2013 London O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 20 April 2013 London O2 Academy Brixton
Monday 22 April 2013 Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tuesday 23 April 2013 Leeds O2 Academy
Thursday 25 April 2013 Birmingham O2 Academy
Friday 26 April 2013 Manchester Arena

The Gathering Sound tour is the first chance to see James performing in the UK since their Orchestra Of The Swan/Manchester Consort Choir tour in 2011. The tour is also a chance to catch up with Echo and the Bunnymen who will be touring for the first time since their appearances reappraising their seminal first two Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here albums in 2010.