Alternative and Indie
Belle & Sebastian
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- 31/01/2022Find ticketsBeach Ballroom - Aberdeen Belle & Sebastian Jan 31 2022 19:00Monday 19:00Beach Ballroom - AberdeenBelle & Sebastian
- 01/02/2022Find ticketsUsher Hall - Edinburgh Belle & Sebastian Feb 01 2022 19:00Tuesday 19:00Usher Hall - EdinburghBelle & Sebastian
- 03/02/2022Find ticketsAsylum Hull University Union - Hull Belle & Sebastian Feb 03 2022 19:00 On partner siteThursday 19:00Asylum Hull University Union - HullBelle & SebastianOn partner site
- 04/02/2022Find ticketsDe Montfort Hall - Leicester Belle & Sebastian Feb 04 2022 19:00Friday 19:00De Montfort Hall - LeicesterBelle & Sebastian
- 06/02/2022Find ticketsCardiff University Students Union - Cardiff Belle & Sebastian Feb 06 2022 19:00Sunday 19:00Cardiff University Students Union - CardiffBelle & Sebastian
- 07/02/2022Find ticketsManchester Academy - Manchester Belle & Sebastian Feb 07 2022 19:00 On partner siteMonday 19:00Manchester Academy - ManchesterBelle & SebastianOn partner site
- 09/02/2022Find ticketsLiverpool Olympia - Liverpool Belle & Sebastian Feb 09 2022 19:00Wednesday 19:00Liverpool Olympia - LiverpoolBelle & Sebastian
- 10/02/2022Find ticketsO2 Guildhall Southampton - Southampton Belle & Sebastian Feb 10 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00O2 Guildhall Southampton - SouthamptonBelle & Sebastian
- 11/02/2022Find ticketsBrighton Dome - Brighton Belle & Sebastian Feb 11 2022 19:00 On partner siteFriday 19:00Brighton Dome - BrightonBelle & SebastianOn partner site
- 14/02/2022Find ticketsRoundhouse - London Belle & Sebastian Feb 14 2022 19:00 On partner siteMonday 19:00Roundhouse - LondonBelle & SebastianOn partner site
- 15/02/2022Find ticketsRoundhouse - London Belle & Sebastian Feb 15 2022 19:00 On partner siteTuesday 19:00Roundhouse - LondonBelle & SebastianOn partner site
- 17/02/2022Find ticketsO2 Academy Birmingham - Birmingham Belle & Sebastian Feb 17 2022 19:00Thursday 19:00O2 Academy Birmingham - BirminghamBelle & Sebastian
- 18/02/2022Find ticketsO2 Academy Sheffield - Sheffield Belle & Sebastian Feb 18 2022 18:30Friday 18:30O2 Academy Sheffield - SheffieldBelle & Sebastian
- 19/02/2022Find ticketsO2 City Hall, Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne Belle & Sebastian Feb 19 2022 19:00Saturday 19:00O2 City Hall, Newcastle - Newcastle Upon TyneBelle & Sebastian
- 21/02/2022Find ticketsMotherwell Concert Hall - Motherwell Belle & Sebastian Feb 21 2022 19:00Monday 19:00Motherwell Concert Hall - MotherwellBelle & Sebastian
- 13/02/2022Find ticketsCambridge Corn Exchange - Cambridge Belle & Sebastian Feb 13 2022 19:30 On partner siteSunday 19:30Cambridge Corn Exchange - Cambridge Belle & SebastianOn partner site
Acclaimed Scottish indie pop outfit helmed by Stuart Murdoch
If there were a need for poster boys and girls for the accidental popstar, twee indie poppers Belle & Sebastian would fit the bill. The Scottish outfit, formed around the songs of Stuart Murdoch, built a reputation on jangling guitars, winsome melodies and poetic lyrics about the mundanity of life, all without any intent towards building any kind of reputation at all.
By 1994, Murdoch had accumulated a treasure trove of songs written while he contended with chronic fatigue syndrome. A grant from a Scottish programme for unemployed musicians gave Murdoch an opportunity to record his first record. He assembled a band consisting of Isobel Campbell (cello), Sarah Martin (violin), Stevie Jackson (guitar), Chris Geddes (keyboards), Stuart David (bass) and Richard Colburn (drums).
Tigermilk was released in 1996 and quickly found an audience thanks to its bookish, gentle indie pop, not a million miles from influential Glaswegian bands such as The Vaselines, BMX Bandits and The Pastels. Before the year was out, they had released their second album, the equally lauded If You’re Feeling Sinister. Three EPs later, the band had signed to feted US label Matador for their third album, 1998’s critically acclaimed The Boy With The Arab Strap.
Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant and the soundtrack to Todd Solondz’s film Storytelling received more lukewarm responses than the band’s previous work but Belle & Sebastian were back on top form for 2003’s Dear Catastrophe Waitress and the 2006’s unexpectedly rocking The Life Pursuit. By this point, Stuart David and Isobel Campbell had left the band, leaving Murdoch as their clear focal point and leader.
Following 2010’s Write About Love, the band went relatively quiet. Murdoch worked on a solo project God Help The Girl, which later became a film starring Olly Alexander. A new Belle & Sebastian record didn’t emerge until 2015’s Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.
Two years later, they released a three EP series titled How To Solve Our Human Problems, later collecting them into one package under the same name. In 2019, they provided the soundtrack for Simon Bird’s directorial debut Days Of The Bagnold Summer, starring Nick Cave’s son Earl.
Forced into a temporary hiatus by the COVID-19 pandemic, Belle & Sebastian collected together recordings from their 2019 tour and released them as a double live album titled What To Look For In Summer. In 2021, Belle & Sebastian announced a UK tour for January and February 2022.