Sydney – Tuesday 28 November, 2017. The Sydney Opera House today announced the return of Scottish indie-pop royalty Belle & Sebastian in a May 2018 house-party-come-concert of pure headphone classics.
Seven years after they last sold out the Opera House’s Concert Hall, the Glaswegian octet will deliver a career-defining set, from their 1998 breakthrough record The Boy With The Arab Strap to the recently announced EP trilogy How To Solve Our Human Problems.
From December, the whimsical collective will release an EP each month as part of the trilogy, which harks back to the classic formula that gave us cherished tracks like ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’ and ‘Dogs on a Wheel’.
Formed after Stuart Murdoch’s housebound recovery from a long illness 22 years ago, Belle & Sebastian has evolved into a cult ensemble with a devotional following akin to The Smiths. For fans of all ages, their music continues to conjure a coming-of-age world where Dylan, disco, French chanson and The Velvet Underground dance together to a timeless beat.
With their warmth and charm, Belle & Sebastian offer the sort of escapism in performance that will leave fans feeling overwhelmingly nice – as all great indie-pop music should.
Sydney Opera House Head of Contemporary Music, Ben Marshall, says: "Belle and Sebastian are the most beloved indie pop band since The Smiths. Their marriage of northern soul, baroque 60s pop and glorious harmonies to sinisterism, anxiety and loneliness leaves an indelible impression on all who fall into the cult. Their Sydney Opera House debut nearly 7 years ago was a joyous, passionate evening of powerful musicality and feeling. Don't miss round two."