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Belle and Sebastian (formed 1996)
Belle and Sebastian are an indie pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. They are often compared to some of their main influences, such as The Smiths, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. They were named after a French children's book, by Cecile Aubry. The band originally released records on Jeepster Records before signing to Rough Trade Records in the UK and Matador Records in the United States.

Formation: Belle and Sebastian was originally formed by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David and recorded some songs with Alan Rankine, Stow College's music professor. The demos found their way onto a compilation from college's own label, Electric Honey. The label then went on to release the band's debut album, Tigermilk, original copies of which now change hands for vastly inflated amounts of money.

Following the positive response received by the band, the two Stuarts decided to transform the band into a full-time project, adding Stevie Jackson (guitar & vocals), Isobel Campbell (cello & vocals), Chris Geddes (keyboards) and Richard Colburn (drums) to the line-up.

Rise to Fame: The second album from Belle and Sebastian was the critically-lauded If You're Feeling Sinister, which was released in November 1996, just a few months after the release of their debut. Sarah Martin joined the band on violin and vocals just before its release.

The band then released a series of EPs, including 'Dog on Wheels' and 'Lazy Line Painter Jane', which featured Monica Queen singing on the title track.

The third LP from Belle and Sebastian was entitled The Boy With the Arab Strap and was released in 1998, reaching number 12 in the UK charts. This was followed by another EP, This Is Just a Modern Rock Song.

In 1999, Belle and Sebastian beat Steps and 5ive to win the 'Best Newcomer' award at the BRIT awards, despite being on their third album. After hosting their own festival, the Bowlie Weekender, Belle and Sebastian went on to release their fourth studio album, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant. The band's slow burning popularity started to cross over into the mainstream and their song 'Seymour Stein' was featured on the soundtrack to High Fidelity (which starred John Cusack and Jack Black), as well as being featured in the film's script. Their music was also played over the end credits of the TV series Teachers.

Stuart David left the band and was replaced by Bobby Kildea and in 2002, the band worked on a soundtrack to the Todd Solondz film Storytelling, which starred Selma Blair and Leo Fitzpatrick. Later that year, Belle and Sebastian left Jeepster Recordings and signed to Rough Trade. Their first album for the cult underground label was Dear Catastrophe Waitress and was produced by Trevor Horn, who has produced a number of bands, such as Paul McCartney, Tina Turner and Mike Oldfield, as well as fronting his own band, Buggles. The success of the album led to Belle and Sebastian being nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2004, though they lost out to Franz Ferdinand. They were also nominated for an Ivor Novello award that same year.

A compilation of some of the band's Jeepster recordings was released in 2005, entitled Push Barman to Open Old Wounds.

Belle and Sebastian's seventh album, The Life Pursuit, was released in 2006. The band followed its release with an historic performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. They were supported by The Shins. Later that year, some members of the band contributed to an album of children's songs, named Colours Are Brighter. The Flaming Lips and Franz Ferdinand also contributed. 2008 saw the band release The BBC Sessions.

Along with Kimya Dawson, Mott the Hoople and Cat Power, Belle and Sebastian were included on the soundtrack to the popular indie film Juno. The film starred Ellen Page, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman.

The eighth album from Belle and Sebastian was Belle & Sebastian Write About Love. It was released in 2010.



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Andrew Lockwood's Top 10 Albums Of 2015


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10. Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime'.
A glorious return to top form for Belle & Sebastian. 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' contains all the bands trade mark signatures as well as introducing a few new ones. The generally up beat, playful tone of the album is full of pathos, dark humour and heartfelt musings. This is Belle & Sebastian back to their creative best. With an arty intellect and a wry take on life they have combined some of their most varied musical scores to date with more of their joyous lyrics.

9. Girl Band - 'Holding Hands With Jamie'.
A wake up call that needs to be heard. 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is a shot in the arm; a torrent of musical mayhem and magnificent noise. Distorted and unrelenting, 'Holding Hands..' is an unapologetic onslaught to the senses and a nerve tingling jolt of excitement. A quite brilliant debut.

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Belle & Sebastian Cancel Tour Due To Health Issues


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The Scottish rockers were scheduled to head out on the road on 10 November (15) in Bordeaux, France as part of a 15-date trek, but lead singer Stuart Murdoch is dealing with an undisclosed medical issue.

"Belle And Sebastian regret to announce the cancellation of their upcoming tour of mainland Europe," a statement from the band reads. "This is due to lead singer Stuart Murdoch's current health.

"It is a huge disappointment for us not to make the concerts, and the decision was not taken easily. Stuart wants nothing else but to be able to play and sing for you, but has to get better first. We hope you understand. Love and respect, as always, Belle and Sebastian."

Belle & Sebastian Rocker Moved By Wife's Plea To Stage Charity Concert


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The Scottish musician has revealed his wife Marisa was concerned about the crisis facing those who have fled to Europe from the war-torn Middle East, and she encouraged him to take action following the publication of pictures which showed a dead child on a beach in Turkey.

The Boy With The Arab Strap singer then spoke to the Save The Children charity about organising a concert to raise funds to help young refugees.

"When they found the body of the wee (small) boy that seemed to spark a compassion in people that had maybe been missing before that," Stuart tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper.

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Belle & Sebastian Team With Simple Minds Stars For Refugee Gig


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The Boy With The Arab Strap musicians are set to perform at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland on 2 November (15) and all the profits from the concert will go to Save the Children's Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.

The Simple Minds stars will also perform at the show, along with fellow rockers Mogwai and comedian Josie Long.

"Belle And Sebastian, humbly, and with a good will, wish to stand behind the displaced peoples of Syria in their brave attempt to find a better life in Europe," the musicians tell Britain's Daily Record newspaper. "If governments won't help them, then the people must. Rock on."

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Way Out West Festival 2015 - Day 1

Belle & Sebastian , Stuart Murdoch - Way Out West Festival 2015 - Day 1 at Way Out West Festival - Gothenburg, Sweden - Thursday 13th August 2015

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Kwabs Wows Crowds At London's Somerset House


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Kwabs wowed crowds at his Summer Series show at Somerset House on Friday (17.07.15).

The rising star performed for over an hour at the open-air central London venue during his headline slot, singing a selection of tracks from his eagerly-anticipated debut album 'Love + War' which is scheduled to be released in September.

The singer/songwriter - whose full name is Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong - began his set with a flurry of unfamiliar new songs although he soon picked up the pace by bringing out an eclectic string of covers including Arctic Monkeys' 'Do I Wanna Know?', James Blake's 'The Wilhelm Scream' and John Lennon's 'Jealous Guy'.

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George Ezra Warms The Crowd At Summer Series


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George Ezra took the crowd on a romantic tour of Europe as he sang hits at his Somerset House gig last night (13.07.15).

The 22-year-old singer performed tracks from his debut album 'Wanted on Voyage' - written after he travelled solo across the continent - at the annual Summer Series of concerts held at the London landmark.

Speaking to fans during the set, he said: ''I saw and took a note of everybody I met. And then when I got home I wrote songs from all the nonsense I had written down. Now one of the places I visited was Barcelona. So this song's about that...''

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George Ezra Warms The Crowd At Summer Series


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George Ezra took the crowd on a romantic tour of Europe as he sang hits at his Somerset House gig last night (13.07.15).

The 22-year-old singer performed tracks from his debut album 'Wanted on Voyage' - written after he travelled solo across the continent - at the annual Summer Series of concerts held at the London landmark.

Speaking to fans during the set, he said: ''I saw and took a note of everybody I met. And then when I got home I wrote songs from all the nonsense I had written down. Now one of the places I visited was Barcelona. So this song's about that...''

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Belle & Sebastian Perform At The SSE Hydro

Belle & Sebastian and Stuart Murdoch - Belle & Sebastian perform at the SSE Hydro within the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow at SSE Hydro SECC - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd May 2015

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Metronomy Round Off Their Album Tour As Festival No. 6 Headliners


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All headliners for Wales' Festival No. 6 have now been announced, with Metronomy now heading the bill with Grace Jones and Belle & Sebastian. Further new acts have also been added to the line-up, while many more acts are yet to be announced.

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British electronic collective Metronomy head the bill with Jamaican crooner Grace Jones and Glasgow pop group Belle & Sebastian as a host of other new bands are added to the festival line-up. The fourth instalment of this uniquely cultured festival is set to hit Portmeirion from September 3rd to 6th, bringing with it some fine artists such as Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jame Bay, Stornoway and Blossoms to name but a few.

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Bonnaroo 2015: More Thrills Added To The Summer Line-up


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More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.

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Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.

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Belle And Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Album Review


Rather like Rennie Macintosh before them, The Glasgow School of Art he designed and the artistic and architectural movement he helped create, Belle And Sebastian have become one of the more unlikely Glaswegian institutions to have survived popular cultural changes. Few would have given the light and 'whimsical' band a longevity that marks its nineteenth anniversary this January, but survive, adapt and thrive they have.

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Album Review

'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' marks Belle And Sebastian's ninth studio album. With the longest gap yet between this and their last album, 'Belle & Sebastian Write About Love', you may be forgiven for thinking that creativity, commitment or enthusiasm are on the wane, but you'd be wrong. On the evidence of these twelve tracks the rest has been as good as the change it has introduced (to be fair, Stuart Murdoch has also been working hard on his other project 'God Help The Girl' in the interim years).

Nestled in between the very entertaining lyrical genius and left of centre harmonies are slices of Electro, Soul, Gospel (recorded in Atlanta, it's got to be a Gospel record according to the band), Funk, Disco, HiNRG, Glam and pure Pop. There is also a fresh sense of positivity that pervades the whole album despite, or perhaps even because of, some of its more interesting subject matter: "And if we live by the books and we live by hope does that make us targets for gunfire?" (Nobodies Empire).

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Crossing Border Festival At The Hague - Day 1

Belle And Sebastian - Stevie Jackson of Belle and Sebastian The Hague, The Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival at The Hague - Day 1 Friday 18th November 2011

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Belle And Sebastian Perform On Day 3 Of Latitude Festival

Belle And Sebastian - Saturday 17th July 2010 at Latitude Festival Suffolk, England

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