As the lights dimmed and the anticipatory murmurs of the crowd filled the air, a wave of excitement washed over the audience, as the intro tape of ‘The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen’ rang out signalling the arrival of the beloved indie pop legends, Belle and Sebastian.
Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, this legendary group has been enchanting listeners with their whimsical melodies and heartfelt lyrics for over two decades.
Tonight, at The Beach Ballroom, they promised to take us on a magical journey through their extensive discography. And without a doubt, they delivered.
From the moment the band stepped on stage, their infectious energy and undeniable charisma filled the room.
Led by the enigmatic Stuart Murdoch, the lead vocalist and frontman, Belle and Sebastian commanded the stage with grace and charm. Murdoch’s distinct voice, simultaneously soothing and evocative, resonated with every word sung, drawing the audience closer into their world.
The setlist was a carefully curated selection of old favourites and newer tracks, showcasing the band’s versatility and evolution over the years.
Opening with the iconic Dog On Wheels they immediately transported us back to the early days of their career, when their tender melodies first captured our hearts. The crowd erupted in cheers and applause, singing along to every word, displaying an unwavering devotion to the band’s music.
Throughout the performance, Belle and Sebastian effortlessly transitioned from soft and introspective ballads like to joyous, upbeat anthems.
The band’s ability to create an intimate atmosphere in a larger venue was remarkable. Each song felt like a personal conversation, a heartfelt exchange between the band and their adoring fans.
The musicianship displayed by Belle and Sebastian was nothing short of exceptional.
The band members, all talented instrumentalists, demonstrated their mastery of their respective instruments, creating lush soundscapes that enveloped the Ballroom. The seamless interplay between the delicate strings, the whimsical keys, and the vibrant brass sections added depth and richness to their already captivating compositions.
But what truly set this performance apart was the palpable connection between the band and the audience.
Stuart Murdoch, in his charismatic and humble manner, engaged with the crowd, sharing anecdotes about his Dad singing The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen after a few drinks, having a personal and humorous chat with a gig goer originally from Battlefield in Glasgow, and inviting sing-alongs.
The fans reciprocated by dancing, swaying, and clapping in unison, transforming the venue into a jubilant celebration of music and community.
Fan favourite The Boy With The Arab Strap even drew a small stage invasion from Stuart’s sister and companions and the support band, Drug Store Romeos, who danced away whilst the band played.
As the concert drew to a close, the crowd erupted into thunderous applause, demanding an encore. Belle and Sebastian graciously obliged.
The evening concluded with their timeless classic, Lazy Line Painter Jane leaving a lasting impression and a sense of pure contentment in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to witness this remarkable performance.
In the end, Belle and Sebastian proved once again why they remain an indelible force in indie pop music. Their ability to captivate and transport listeners through their melodies and storytelling is a testament to their artistry and enduring appeal.
Their debut live performance at The Beach Ballroom was nothing short of magical, reminding us why we fell in love with their music in the first place.
Belle and Sebastian continue to defy time, inviting us to embrace the beauty and wonder of their musical world.
Dog on Wheels
I’m a Cuckoo
So in the Moment
Young and Stupid
If She Wants Me
When You’re Not With Me
If You’re Feeling Sinister
Like Dylan in the Movies
Funny Little Frog
Sukie in the Graveyard
The Wrong Girl
The Boy With the Arab Strap
I Didn’t See It Coming
Sleep the Clock Around
Another Sunny Day
Lazy Line Painter Jane