When a band’s name is inspired by a 1960s French novel about a young orphaned boy and his dog, you can bet that their sound is as intimate as this kinship. Glasgow’s Belle and Sebastian are led by singer/guitarist Stuart Murdoch whose deeply poetic lyrics were driven by the challenges he faced as a youngster and have since spoken to generations after him. Though compared to bands like The Smiths, the seven-piece peddle their own brand of indie and folk, which they have performed in unusual venues such as libraries, coffee shops and churches over the years. Ahead of the release of their ninth studio album in January, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance they continue their string of non-conventional performance spaces by playing Albert Hall, the former Methodist Hall, in May next year. It promises to be an archaic, breathtakingly complex and beautiful display to the senses.

Thu 14 May 2015, Albert Hall, 22 Peter Street M2 5QR, 7pm, £25, www.seetickets.com

Thu 14 May
Edwina Chan
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Mon 3 Nov 2014