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They still rule the school two decades on; BELLE & SEBASTIAN GLASGOW UNI UNION 15.06.

TWENTY years ago, Belle & Sebastian played a tiny gig to a small audience sat on the floor of a church hall at the top of Glasgow's Gibson Street.

Next week, they'll play two nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The band are woven into the fabric of two decades of student lore in the west end of Glasgow - and well beyond - morphing from era-defining purveyors of chamber-pop whimsy into irresistibly dancey disco funksters.

This week, they returned to their home patch, and the relatively intimate setting of the Glasgow University Union debating chamber.

Their three gigs were a centrepiece of this year's West End Festival, with a set list drawing largely from their much-loved 1996 debut Tigermilk.

"If you just bought the last record and are here tonight, you're going to be disappointed," quipped Stuart Murdoch, knowing his band could have got away with singing the phone book in front of an adoring crowd.

Opener The Stars of Track and Field was one of many old favourites in a set that included I Could Be Dreaming, We Rule the School and I Don't Love Anyone.

In a surprise guest appearance, Thrum singer Monica Queen provided vocals on the thrilling Lazy Line Painter Jane, which was arguably the highlight of a memorable homecoming performance from a band who've earned the status of Glasgow legends well beyond Gibson Street.

PAUL ENGLISH

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 17, 2016
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