BELLE OF THE STUDENT BALL

Frontman Stuart Murdoch uses the gig to raise awareness for his campaign to become rector of Glasgow University...

BELLE & SEBASTIAN made their live comeback as a full band this afternoon (February 28), at a secret show in GLASGOW, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, mainman Stuart Murdoch planned the gig to raise awareness for his campaign to become rector of Glasgow University.

The 300 fans, who had received tickets earlier in the week, were sent an e-mail this morning telling them the gig would take place at the John McEntire Hall in the University building at 2.15pm.

The band’s management had been keen to stress earlier in the week it was unlikely the full Belle & Sebastian line-up would be appearing at the show. However, these claims proved to be unfounded, and the entire band plated an eight-song set, which included a cover of the Rolling Stones classic ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.

One fan who was at the show told NME.COM that following the first song, an untitled instrumental, Murdoch stopped the set to ask the students if they had any questions about his campaign to be rector. He then embarked on an impromptu hustings session with the students.

Belle & Sebastian played:

‘Untitled’

‘Slow Graffiti’

‘I Fought In A War’

‘There’s Too Much Love’

‘Big John Shaft’

‘The Wrong Girl’

‘Sympathy For The Devil’

‘Legal Man’

Murdoch’s performance is the second this week in his campaign to be rector. On Sunday evening (February 25), he was joined by fellow band-member Stevie Jackson for two acoustic songs at the University Union’s regular ‘Un Plugged’ acoustic evening. The event is usually reserved for local talent, who perform covers and original songs for a free pint of beer.

Votes for Murdoch’s rector campaign are being counted now, and a result is expected later this evening.