Belle and Sebastian Contemplate a Cruise Festival, Want Their Fans Opinions On It

Fill Out a Survey on the Band's Website to Win a Box Set

Feb 13, 2018
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Belle and Sebastian are thinking of launching a cruise festival in August 2019, one that would leave from Barcelona, Spain and feature performances from the band as well as dozens of other bands. They say they've been contemplating the idea for 20 years, but before they move ahead with it they want to know if their fans are into the idea and get their opinion on other details, such as who else they'd like to see on the bill and where they'd like the cruise to go to. They have launched a survey on their website that asks various questions.

You can fill out the survey here. One lucky person will win a signed vinyl box set of the How to Solve Your Human Problems EPs.

Belle and Sebastian are releasing three interconnected EPs, all titled How to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out back on December 8, Part 2 came out January 19, and Part 3 is due out February 16. Then all three EPs will be collected in a vinyl box set and CD compilation, both due out February 17.

Previously the band shared Part 1's "We Are Beautiful" (as well as a video for the song), Part 2's "I'll Be Your Pilot" (as well as a video for "I'll Be Your Pilot"), and the audio for Part 2's "The Same Star," which features the vocals of Sarah Martin, who also wrote the song.

They have previously announced some new North American tour dates for this summer. Different dates feature different support acts, including: Snail Mail, Perfume Genius, Frankie Cosmos, Men I Trust, and Japanese Breakfast.

In 2016 the band announced that they were working on new music that they planned to release as a series of vinyl EPs and frontman Stuart Murdoch posted a casting call looking for models to appear on the covers of the EPs. They weren't necessarily looking for professional models, but rather regular people who are fans of the band. The cover art for each EP is culled from this project. Fifty fans were selected to be photographed in a London photo studio and were also recorded answering the following question: "How do you solve your human problems?"

Murdoch said in a previous press release that the band's relationship with their fans is "very comfortable" and he feels a responsibility to their fans: "I do feel it's not just about the music anymore, and it shouldn't be. You have this platform to spread good vibrations. Life is short! What are we doing here? Are we becoming better people?"

The band's last album was 2015's Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

Belle and Sebastian Tour Dates:

Mon-05-Feb - Belgium, Antwerp - De Roma
Tue-06-Feb - France, Strasbourg - La Laiterie
Wed-07-Feb - France, Paris - Salle Pleyel
Fri-09-Feb - France, Nantes - Stereolux
Sun - 11-Feb - Luxembourg - Rockhal
Mon-12-Feb - Switzerland, Zurich - X-TRA
Tue-13-Feb - Italy, Milan - Fabrique
Wed-14-Feb - Italy, Bologna - Estragon
Fri-16-Feb - Germany, Munich - Muffathalle
Sat-17-Feb - Germany, Berlin - Admiralspalast
Sun-18-Feb - Germany, Frankfurt - Batschkapp
Mon-19-Feb - Netherlands, Amsterdam - Royal Theatre Carre
Wed-21-Feb - Denmark, Copenhagen - DK Studio 1
Thu-22-Feb - Sweden, Stockholm - Munchen Brewery
Fri-23-Feb - Norway, Oslo - Sentrum Scene
Sat-24-Feb - Sweden, Gothenburg - Gothenburg Studios
Tue-06-Mar - UK, Cornwall - Truro Hall
Thu-08-Mar - Wales, Cardiff - Wales Millenium Centre
Fri-09-Mar - Wales, Aberystwyth - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Sat-10-Mar - UK, Nottingham - Rock City
Mon-12-Mar - UK, Manchester - Bridgewater Hall
Tue-13-Mar - UK, Cambridge - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu-15-Mar - UK, Brighton - Brighton Dome
Fri-16-Mar - UK, London - Troxy
Sat-17-Mar - UK, London - Troxy
Mon-19-Mar - UK, Liverpool - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tue-20-Mar - UK, York - Grand Opera House
Thu-22-Mar - UK, Gateshead - Sage Gateshead
Fri-23-Mar - Scotland, Perth - Perth Concert Hall
Sat-24-Mar - Scotland, Edinburgh - Usher Hall
Mon-26-Mar - Ireland, Dublin - Vicar St
Tue-27-Mar - Ireland, Dublin - Vicar St
Wed-02-May - Australia, Perth - Astor Theatre
Fri-04-May - Australia, St Kilda - Palais Theatre
Sat-05-May - Australia, Sydney - Sydney Opera House
Mon-07-May - Australia, Brisbane Qld - Tivoli
Fri-25-May - UK, Glasgow - Galvanizers Yard
Tue-Jun-05 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
Wed-Jun-06 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
Fri-Jun-08 - Queens, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
Sat-Jun-09 - Washington, DC - The Anthem
Sun-Jun-10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
Mon-Jun-11 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Thu-Jun-14 - Mexico City, Mexico - (venue TBA)
Sat-Jun-16 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Sun-Jun-17 - Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
Tue-Jun-19 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
Wed-Jun-20 - Sundance, UT - Sundance Amphitheater
Fri-Jun-22 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
Mon-Jun-25 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Thu-Jun-28 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Fri-Jun-29 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Sat-Jun-30 - Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

2/5-2/14 w/ Pictish Trail
2/16-2/24 w/ Jane Weaver
3/6-3/27 w/ Julien Baker
6/5 & 6/6 w/ Snail Mail
6/8 w/ Perfume Genius, Frankie Cosmos
6/9-6/11, 6/16-6/17 w/ Men I Trust
6/10-6/30 w/ Japanese Breakfast

 

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