Tonight, Belle and Sebastian performed at Gateshead’s iconic venue, The Sage, bringing some notable tunes on their UK and European tour.
Following the release of arguably their most remarkable album in 22 years, the Scottish musicians showed they can still entertain their fans; inviting many unsuspecting audience members up on the stage to join them in a performance of ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap.’
Tracks such as ‘I’m a Cuckoo’, ‘Piazza, New York Catcher’ and ‘Stay Loose’ from Belle and Sebastian’s October 2003 album got the audience up on their feet, with the sixth studio album tracks bringing the audience to life with their memorable lyrics and vibrant stage lighting.
‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’, released on 16th February 2018, introduced songs such as ‘Sweet Dew Lee’, ‘We Were Beautiful’, ‘The Same Star’ and ‘Poor Boy’, showing they have kept their ability to convey important messages and represent iconic historical events in their lyrics.
The band also performed songs from their ‘Write about Love’ EP (released October 2010) including ‘I Want the World to Stop’, ‘I Didn’t See It Coming’, and ‘Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John.’
During the encore, the band encouraged the audience to choose songs from all albums to complete the set, with the audience choosing ‘Jonathan David’ from the album ‘Introducing’ compiled of material ranging from 1996 to 2001.
The newest album, ‘How To Solve Our Human Problems’, compromises of 15 songs and has been released over three separate EPs, however, the band acknowledged their early days during the set. ‘Expectations’ and ‘She’s Losing It’, songs from their debut album ‘Tigermilk’, released in 1996, catered to fans that had been there from the start.
The band was supported by American singer and guitarist, Julien Baker. The solo artist’s subtle tones and powerful lyrics matched Belle and Sebastian, proving why they have been such a huge success across America.