Belle & Sebastian announce big London outdoor show for 2017

It'll be quite the night for the six-piece in June

Belle & Sebastian have announced a new outdoor show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London next year.

The Glasgow band, who celebrated twenty years together earlier this year, last released an album in 2015 with their ninth LP ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’. They also released a special singles box set back in June.

Having toured extensively in support of that record this year, Belle & Sebastian will press on with further live commitments in 2017. Today (December 12) the band announced a big outdoor show at the Royal Hospital, which is famous for being the residence of the Chelsea Pensioners. The new show will take place on June 15.

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Writing on the band’s website, frontman Stuart Murdoch said:

“Belle and Sebastian have never fought in a war, we are not pensioners (not yet!) and we’re hardly posh enough for Chelsea. Yet, for one night we will be guests of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Please consider joining us, for what should be a fragrant evening of modern rock and roll. And let’s get dressed up.”

The gig will launch the Live At Chelsea Concert Series, which will see a range of live shows at the Royal Hospital across the summer. The lay-out for the gigs will incorporate stadium-style seating, as well as a standing section.

Tickets for this newly-announced Belle & Sebastian gig go on sale on Friday (December 16).