Wild thing: Inside James Bay's sensational 2018 reinvention

James Hanley

Roughly 15 minutes into Music Week’s rendezvous with James Bay at a spacious Islington studio, the planet-sized elephant in the room rears its head.

Bay’s signature hat and hair - so synonymous with the UK’s fastest rising singer/songwriter - have been unceremoniously cast aside ahead of album number two, but why?  

“It was time,” grins Bay, anticipating the inevitable question. “It was as intentional to hopefully create a signature look with the hat and the hair as it was ...

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