FRESHERS’ BELLE

Murdoch, helped out by bandmate Stevie Jackson, played to students as part of his campaign to become rector of Glasgow University...

BELLE & SEBASTIAN frontman STUART MURDOCH made a surprise live appearance in GLASGOW last night (February 25), NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The appearance came as part of his ongoing campaign to become rector of Glasgow University.

Murdoch was joined onstage by fellow band-member Stevie Jackson for two songs at the University Union’s regular ‘Unplugged’ acoustic evening. The event is usually reserved for local talent, who perform covers and original songs for a free pint of beer.

Jackson and Murdoch performed two songs, a cover of The Beatles’ ‘You Can’t Do That’ and an as-yet-untitled new song, which an eyewitness described as “very Spanish, certainly not traditional Belle & Sebastian”.

A source close to Murdoch told NME.COM today (February 26) that the show was “unplanned”, and that “half the people in the venue didn’t know who he was”.

As previously revealed on NME.COM, members of Belle & Sebastian are to play a secret live show in the city later this week, and 200 free tickets for the show were given out to students last Friday (February 23).

It is anticipated that the performance will not feature the entire band, but there are plans for live shows for later in the year, following the release of a new single.