INDIE POPSTERS GET FREE REIN!

More than half of the 27-strong collective head out to play the shows...

Members of BELLE & SEBASTIAN, Teenage Fanclub and Arab Strap are to join indie collective REINDEER

SECTION for a series of worldwide festival appearances this summer.

More than half of the 27-strong cast of Reindeer Section’s second album – ’Son Of Evil Reindeer’, released on June 24 through Bright Star Recordings – will perform together at dates in Europe, the USA and Japan during August.

The brainchild of Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody, Reindeer Section’s first album ’Y’All Get Scared Now Ya Hear!’ was released in the UK last August.

The follow-up – again written and orchestrated by Lightbody – includes guest vocals from Norman Blake of Teenage

Fanclub, Aidan Moffat from Arab Strap, Roddy Woomble from Idlewild, Lee Gorton from Alfie and Scots indie hero Eugene Kelly among others.

The touring party will consist of Lightbody and Snow Patrol bandmates Jonny Quinn and Mark McClelland, Blake, Moffat, Kelly, Richard Colburn and Bob Kildea of Belle & Sebastian, Charlie Clarke, Willie Campbell, Gareth Russell and Neil Payne from Astrid, Ben

Dumville from Alfie, plus cellist Stacey Sievwright and Eva vocalist Jenny Reeve.

The dates so far confirmed are:

Benicassim Festival, Spain (August 2)

New York, Venue TBC (13)

Summersonic Festival, Tokyo (17, 18)

Further appearances are expected to be announced.