Belle and Sebastian Announce Cruise Festival "The Boaty Weekender"

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Jasmine Albertson
photo by Victoria Holt

Long-running Scottish chamber pop band Belle and Sebastian have announced a floating festival called The Boaty Weekender for next summer, August 8-12, 2019. The cruise will set sale from Barcelona to Sardinia and back again. The lineup includes Camera Obscura, who are making their return to performing live for the first time since the 2015 death of the band's Carey Lander from cancer, Tracyanne & Danny (Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell’s side-project), Mogwai, Django Django,  Alvvays, The Buzzcocks, Japanese Breakfast, HINDS, Kelly Lee Owens, Nilüfer Yanya, Honeyblood, and Whyte Horses, with more to be announced. Each band will perform multiple times across five stages.

Read the band’s statement below:

"It's the start of September, Belle and Sebastian are facing the autumn term, back in the studio, back to the blackboard, sharpening their plectrums, already dreaming of next summer.

If only there was something to look forward to, a party, an adventure, something on the horizon, something to take the chill out of the thought of winter...

The Boaty Weekender: a sail around the Med, a nice little trip with friends, some of the best people, in some of the best places!

We've asked around, we collected the first shipmates. They're going to earn their passage by playing their best for you, digging deep into their musical reservoirs.

We're really going to try to make this a great holiday. We'd love to have you along for the trip!

'I thought about a new destination

I'm never short of new inspiration

Roll out the map and mark it with a gin!'

-Belle & Sebastian"

Belle and Sebastian recently released three interconnected EPs, all titled How to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 came out in January, and Part 3 came out in February. All three EPs were then combined in a vinyl box set and CD compilation that also came out in February.


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