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Wendy James Comes Hurtling Out of Lockdown with Stunning Video

This statement of intent is, in Wendy’s words, “a perfect speed-punk moment in the last quarter of the album! Originally I’d written it more in the vein of Nirvana: quiet verse, loud chorus and I guess it was mid-tempo. Having started in on recording rehearsals, James Sclavunos put his sticks in the air, from behind his drum kit and said “Can we speed this fucking song up?” So… we went to the extreme and basically thrashed and shredded this song out, I then edited it down so it’s a perfect three and a half minutes of pop speed punk!”

An English singer-songwriter born in London, Wendy exploded onto the British music scene in 1988 as the fearless front woman of chart-topping alt-rockers Transvision Vamp. She was a role model to many young women, showing them women could be mouthy, intelligent, gorgeous and cool, while simultaneously sticking two fingers up at anyone who criticized her. She trailblazed her way through the 90s, opening up a path for women in music to follow.

When Transvision Vamp disbanded, Wendy went on to collaborate with Elvis Costello, James Williamson (Iggy & the Stooges), Lenny Kaye (The Patti Smith Group) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), who joins her on drums and percussions for QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT. Also joining her on this album are James Sedwards (lead guitar), Harry Bohay (bass), Alex J. Ward & Terry Edwards (horn section) and Louis Vause (accordion).

When Wendy James released her 5th solo album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT on 1st May 2020 to critical acclaim, she was supposed to be heading out on a UK tour. But as Covid-19 hit and the world went into lockdown, Wendy had to reschedule her tour three times. She will finally embark on a whopping 28-date tour of the UK on 26th August. “From Truro to Paisley and from Norwich to Swansea and everywhere in between!” she exclaims with her infectious enthusiasm. “Not only are we celebrating a return to live venues, we are celebrating my No.16 album QUEEN HIGH STRAIGHT, and also a different set list every night, from Transvision Vamp through all my albums! It’s a tour not to miss, and one which will not happen again, like this!”

Full tour dates:

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  • Blackpool Waterloo Music Bar – Thursday 26th
  • Norwich Arts Centre – Friday 27th
  • Stoke Sugarmill – Saturday 28th
  • Truro Old Bakery Studios – Tuesday 31st


  • Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach – Wednesday 1st
  • Bristol Fleece – Thursday 2nd
  • Oxford O2 Academy2 – Friday 3rd
  • Guildford Boileroom – Saturday 4th
  • Cambridge Junction – Tuesday 7th
  • Tunbridge Wells Forum – Wednesday 8th
  • Queens Hall Nuneaton – Thursday 9th
  • Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms – Friday 10th
  • Gloucester Guildhall – Saturday 11th
  • Barrow Underground Music Society – Tuesday 14th
  • Manchester Deaf Institute – Wednesday 15th
  • Nottingham Bodega – Thursday 16th
  • Liverpool Jimmy’s – Friday 17th
  • Birmingham O2 Institute3 – Saturday 18th
  • Leicester Firebug – Tuesday 21st
  • Newcastle Cluny – Wednesday 22nd
  • Glasgow King Tuts – Thursday 23rd
  • Paisley Rocknrollas – Friday 24th
  • Edinburgh Bannermans – Saturday 25th
  • Swansea Cinema & Co – Tuesday 28th
  • Leeds Brudenell – Wednesday 29th
  • Brighton Concorde 2 – Thursday 30th


  • London O2 Academy2 Islington – Friday 1st
  • Huddersfield The Parish – Saturday 2nd
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