Just Announced: Belle and Sebastian will play Union Transfer this July

Belle and Sebastian | photo by Kate McCann for WXPN

What have we done to deserve this super-intimate, super-special show from Scottish indiepop faves Belle and Sebastian? This two-decades running Glaswegian band just announced a Union Transfer show on Friday, July 12th, and tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15th at 10 a.m. It’s unclear at the moment why they’re touring — or how extensive their tour is. Their website, at present, just makes note of their Boaty Weekender cruise featuring fellow Scots Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, and Camera Obscura, as well as U.S. indie faves Yo La Tengo and Japanese Breakfast. (UPDATE: The band announced a short July tour leading up to the Weekender: dates below.) Their last Philly show was 2017 at The Mann Center.

And, come to think of it, all of their successfully-performed Philly shows have been at significantly bigger venues.Over the years, Belle & Seb have played The Tower (2002, 2003, 2015), The Electric Factory (2006), and The Mann Center (Skyline Stage in 2013, amphitheater in 2017). The non-successfully performed show I alluded to would have been that one gig (legendary, in some aging hipster circles) where the band headlined the Troc but had to call the gig off after the show already started for various personal reasons. Not that I’m a little obsessed here or anything.

Anyways! More on all this as we figure out the why’s and wherefores. And in the meantime, pls enjoy an assortment of catchy tunes from the Belle and Sebastian catalog below.

Tour Dates
Thursday, July 11 — Sprint Pavilion — Charlottesville VA
Friday, July 12 — Union Transfer — Philadelphia PA
Saturday, July 13 — House of Blues — Boston MA
Monday, July 15 — M Telus — Montreal QC
Tuesday — July 16 Danforth Music Hall — Toronto ON
Thursday — July 18 The Warhol at Carnegie Music Hall — Pittsburgh PA
Friday, July 19 — House Of Blues — Cleveland OH
Sunday, July 21 — Royal Oak Music Theatre — Royal Oak MI
Thursday August 8 — The Boaty Weekender — Barcelona ES

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