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Saint Etienne UK Christmas Tour Dates 2015

UK Christmas Tour Dates

October 13, 2015

Christmas is not Christmas without tinsel, music, dancin’, special merchandise, and, erm, choice venues. Experience them all at one of four Saint Etienne Christmas Specials this December!

Bob, Pete and Sarah will be joined onstage by the lovely Debsey and the lively Gerard Johnson with added instrumentation from Joe, Robin and Louisa who played with us on the How We Used To Live shows. Expect a set of Etienne classics (some not played for a long time), festive favourites and even a new song or two.

We’ve literally hand picked some fine support “acts” and as hinted at earlier, each venue has been chosen for its aesthetic qualities to make it special, so special.

The dates are:
Tuesday 8th at the iconic Sage in Gateshead
Wednesday 9th its Manchester’s Albert Hall
Thursday 10th at Wakefield Unity Hall
Friday 11th Croydon Fairfield Halls (very near London!!!)

– all ticket links at the events section on this site -

Fairfield Halls are Croydon‘s modernist gem and it’ll be the first time Bob and Pete have played in their former hometown so expect much emotion, tickertape parades and tears. Support comes from Kero Kero Bonito and The Pre New with DJ sets from the likes of Pete Paphides til 2am at the Xmas after party (in the foyer). And don’t fret, Croydon has great transport links with trains running all through the night to central London (just 15 mins from Victoria)

Some say the word “special” is overused (especially in this mail-out) but we will be bringing a few special items of merchandise for sale at these shows. There will also be some new items – for all to buy – appearing in the Saint Etienne shop for the festive period.

Stay tuned via twitter and facebook for updates.

Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

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How We Used To Live hits the road

March 30, 2015

Following sold out performances of the How We Used To Live soundtrack at the Barbican Centre in London and Sheffield Doc Fest, Saint Etienne take the film on the road with a mini UK tour in May.

19th Glasgow GFT
20th Holmfirth Picturedrome
21st Brighton Dome

The film will be accompanied by a live score performed by a seven piece Saint Etienne line-up including Sarah Cracknell, Debsey, Pete Wiggs and Gerard Johnson.

The performance at Brighton Dome on Thursday 21st of May forms part of the Brighton Festival in will include the film only (70 mins) with no band set.
Tickets are priced at £16 and £18.50 and available here:

The Holmfirth Picturedrome performance on Wednesday 20th is part of this years Holmfirth Film Festival, situated in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire’s Pennine Hills. The film will be followed by a short 7-8 song Saint Etienne band set.
Tickets for this event are very limited and priced at £20 here

The three date run commences in Glasgow on Tuesday 19th May at one of our favourite cinemas, the GFT. Once again the film will be followed by a short 7-8 song band set.
Tickets are priced £20 and available here

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Announcing Sarah’s solo album and tour

March 10, 2015

After months of speculation and rumours we can finally announce that Sarah is releasing a brand new solo album – her first since ‘Lipslide’ in 1997 – this June. To co-inside with the release Sarah sets out on the road to play 5 intimate shows around the UK.

Tickets for these go on sale at 9am this Friday 13th March. The venues are small – just 250-350 capacity rooms – so please book early to avoid disappointment. We will be bringing you more news on the record itself over the coming weeks so please stay tuned. All we can say right now is that Sarah has made something very special indeed.

Sarah will be playing:
16 June – Brighton Komedia – tickets
17 June – London Bush Hall – tickets
19 June – Glasgow Oran Mor – tickets
20 June – Manchester Deaf Institute – tickets
21 June – Leeds City Varieties – tickets

More news on the album very soon and we look forward to seeing you in June.

The Films Of Saint Etienne 2003 - 2007

London Calling! A London Trilogy

June 21, 2013

We are very proud to announce the release of our BFI DVD set A LONDON TRILOGY: THE FILMS OF SAINT ETIENNE, which will be released on July 15th 2013. Here are all the films we’ve made with director Paul Kelly over the last decade, in a lavish box complete with booklet containing essays from the likes of Owen Hatherley and Tom Dyckhoff.

Finisterre has been out of print for several years, This Is Tomorrow – our Festival Hall biopic – was only ever screened three times, and there are a bunch of shorts, some of which have never been seen. Here’s what you get:

(2003), directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans, a homage to London – our London, that is. Scripted by Kevin Pearce, with contributions from Mark Perry, Julian Opie, Vic Godard, Vashti Bunyan, Nick Sanderson, Shena Mackay and Lawrence, this was our first attempt at something beyond a regular pop video.

What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) follows paperboy Mervyn Day on his round, uncovering the hidden history of East London’s Lower Lea Valley. It is set the day after the Olympic decision was made. This was destined to become a lost landscape and we wanted to preserve what remained of it on film before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park. Voiceover courtesy of David Essex and Linda Robson.

This is Tomorrow (2007) was commissioned by the Southbank Centre where we spent a year as artists in residence. We wanted to record the history of the Festival Hall and interviewed surviving architects and designers including Leonard Manasseh and Robin Day. The film also documented the hall’s complete refurbishment from 2005-2007, which has once again made it London’s cultural centre.

The extras are Todays Special, three short films about London cafes made for Channel 4; Monty the Lamb, which follows the mascot of Hendon FC in their last season at the legendary Claremont Road ground; Seven Summers, a return to the Lower Lea Valley just ahead of the Olympic Games; The Other South Bank, the tale of a former industrial town on Teesside; and Banksy In London, made up of outtakes from Finisterre, back when the artist was a benevolent East London presence.

You also get an illustrated 32 page booklet with essays by Bob, Paul Kelly, Sukhdev Sandu (NYU), Owen Hatherley (New Ruins of Great Britain), Sonia Mullett (BFI) and Tom Dyckhoff (the Guardian).

Those who pre order the DVD – ahead of it’s July 15th release date – via either Rough Trade or the BFI shop will also receive an exclusive set of four post cards – miniature replicas of the original film posters designed by Paul Kelly.
Order from Rough Trade here
Order from the BFI here

We’re also holding a launch event at Rough Trade East on Friday 12th July from 6.30pm where we will be screening a selection of short films from the DVD. All three of us plus director Paul Kelly will be in conversation with Luke Turner from the Quietus. Admission is free and the DVD – with postcard set – will be on sale.

All the details are here.


Nothing’s Too Good For The Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective

June 14, 2013

WHEN: Saturday 15 June 2013, 11am-6pm
WHERE: Cantor Film Center, 35 East 8th Street (between Greene Street and University Place).


11:00: INTRODUCTION by Sukhdev Sandhu
11:15: THIS IS TOMORROW (2007), 54 min (NYC premiere)
12:15: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TODAY, MERVYN DAY? (2005), 45 min (NYC premiere)
1:30: FINISTERRE (2003), 60 min
2:45: TAKE THREE GIRLS (2008), 40 min (NYC premiere)
3:45-4:15: Discussion between Paul Kelly and Bilge Ebiri/ Q&A
4:30-6:00: LAWRENCE OF BELGRAVIA (2011), 86 min (NYC premiere)

Over the last decade, Paul Kelly – already well known as a musician (as a member of the much-revered East Village) and graphic designer – has forged a reputation as one of the most distinctive British documentarians of his generation. Refining an unusually lyrical brand of psychogeography informed by pop-modernist aesthetics, he moves between the city symphony, film essay and companionate portraiture to fashion beautifully composed and deeply atmospheric evocations of overlooked places and individuals. Whether working in collaboration with the band Saint Etienne on a lushly ambient trilogy about London, or in his witty and empathetic films about the much-beloved Dolly Mixture and Lawrence of Felt, Kelly’s films are immediately recognizable and immediately lovable.

Nothing’s Too Good For The Common People is the first retrospective of this key filmmaker’s work to have been held anywhere. Organised by the New York-based Colloquium for Unpopular Culture (Kiss Me Again: The Life and Legacy of Arthur Russell; Leaving The Factory: Wang Bing’s Tie Xi Qu; A Cathode Ray Séance: The Haunted Worlds of Nigel Kneale) in collaboration with Chickfactor magazine, it will feature the US premieres of many films, introductions by a constellation of artists and musicians, and Paul Kelly himself in discussion with the director and writer Bilge Ebiri.

To mark Nothing’s Too Good For The Common People, there will be available for sale copies of a very limited-edition book designed by Rob Carmichael (John Cale, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective’s ‘Crack Box’) and featuring contributions by a wide range of writers, musicians and architectural historians including Jon Dale, Travis Elborough, Alistair Fitchett, Dan Fox, Joe Kerr, Stephin Merritt, Jude Rogers, and Peter Terzian.

Queries/ RSVP:

Finisterre Is Ten

Sadie’s Anniversary

February 21, 2013

Join us at the Hackney Picture House in London for a special 10th anniversary screening of Finisterre on April the 4th.

Tickets are available online now for Picturhouse members here. Non members will need to call to reserve tickets at 08717042068 quoting the password ‘Heavenly Films Night’.

Finisterre is a beautifully shot and edited homage to London, soundtracked by songs from the band’s album of the same name. Directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans in collaboration with Saint Etienne the film explores the attraction of the city through interviews with artists, musicians and kindred spirits that have inspired the band over the years. The one hour film premiered at the onedotzero film festival in 2003 and will be re-issued later this summer by the BFI as part of a Saint Etienne London trilogy film set.

The evening starts at 8pm, the film will be accompanied by the rarely screened trio of films about London’s disappearing cafes – Today’s Special, the premiere of a new short Banksy’s London and two Q&A sessions: one with Bob, Pete and Sarah, another with Paul Kelly & Kieran Evans. Afterwards from 10.30 to midnight Bob and Pete will be Djing in the bar. Should be a great night, tickets are limited so book soon to avoid missing out.

This event is the first of a monthly club from Heavenly films. We’ll be bringing you some of our own material alongside rarely screened and much loved gems, with guest speakers and DJs. More news on the club soon but to stay up to date join our mailing list here, like our Facebook page here, or follow us on Twitter @heavenly_films.

Kelly's Locker - rare CDs found

Kelly’s Locker – Rare CDs Found!

February 19, 2013

Our manager Martin was recently trudging through the Saint Etienne lock up – oh the glamour – and chanced upon a couple of boxes of old and rare Saint Etienne stock. Instead of putting it up on ebay he thought it would be an idea to offer it up for fans who might be interested.

Amongst the treasures he unearthed 140 copies of the long deleted Nice Price fan club only release from 2006 and 125 copies of the single disc version of Fox Base Beta.

These will be made available through the band’s online shop here priced just £12 each plus shipping from 5pm (GMT – UK time) this Thursday 21st Feb.

For those unfamiliar with Nice Price – here’s a track listing for the gems included:
1. Nothing Can Stop Us (alternative vocal)
2. 7 Ways 2 Love (Sarah vocal, original white label)
3. Who Do You Think You Are (original mix, Debsey vocal)
4. Hobart Paving (alternative single mix)
5. Like A Motorway (demo)
6. Former Lover (single mix)
7. Western Wind (demo)
8. Angel (original mix)
9. Burnt Out Car (original mix)
10. Sylvie (alternative single mix)
11. Madeleine (alternative mix)
12. Lose That Girl (demo)
13. Heart Failed (In The Back Of A Taxi) (demo)
14. How We Used To Live (Berlin rough mix)
15. Milk Bottle Symphony (alternative mix)
16. Goodnight (demo)

South Bank Sky Arts Award 2013

The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2013

February 14, 2013

Words and Music by Saint Etienne has been nominated for Best Pop Album of 2012 at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

The Awards ceremony is on Sky Arts 1 on 14th March at 9.30pm.

We’re up against Plan B and Jessie Ware so be sure to tune in and cheer us on.

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