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UK Christmas Shows

August 21, 2017

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without some Saint Etienne live shows.

So, we’ve decided to visit a few places around the UK we didn’t reach on the Home Counties tour plus a couple of different venues in places (London and Manchester) that we did. We’ll be playing a selection of songs from Home Counties alongside hits, misses and festive favourites. Tickets are on sale now via the links below.

We’ll be announcing some special supports over the coming weeks so stay tuned for news of those and get your party boots ready for one of the following:

Thursday 30th – Holmfirth – Picturedrome – Tickets

Friday 1st – Glasgow – O2 ABC – Tickets

Saturday 2nd – Manchester – Ritz – Tickets

Friday 8th – Bristol – SWX – Tickets

Saturday 9th – London – Shepherds Bush Empire – Tickets

Sunday 10th – Bexhill – De La Warr Pavilion – Tickets

European Tour Dates

August 14, 2017

We’re pleased to announce a string of European shows this autumn.

We’ll be visiting Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Spain during October and November. Full details of cities, venues and links to buy tickets are listed below.

We’re not forgetting the rest of Europe and hope to fill the gaps during early 2018. We will also be bringing you news of a 6 date UK Christmas tour early next week.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of the following……

Mon 23 Copenhagen – Pumpehuset – TICKETS

Tue 24 Gothenburg – Stora Teatren – TICKETS

Wed 25 Stockholm – Kagelbanen – TICKETS

Sun 05 Helsinki – Korjaamo – TICKETS (onsale Wednesday 16th August)

Mon 06 Berlin – Columbia Theatre – TICKETS

Tue 07 Madrid – Sala Butte – TICKETS

Wed 08 Barcelona – Razzmatazz – TICKETS

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

De La Warr Pavillion Bexhill On Sea - Postponed

Postponed Gig – Bexhill On Sea

June 4, 2017

It is with great regret that our show at De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill-On-Sea has been postponed to 10th December.

Those not wishing to attend to the revised date can seek a full refund from the promotor or ticket outlet where tickets were purchased. Those who are OK to wait for the resceduled show in December, pre-existing tickets dated 6th June will still be valid.

It’s not possible to go into the reasons for the re-scheduling here. We really wanted to play the show and will be back to do so as part of a short run of shows in December.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding.

Bob, Pete and Sarah x

Saint Etienne UK tour dates

UK Tour – Cardiff date change

May 22, 2017

As many of you will know we’ve been forced to switch our Cardiff date pushing it back by two days to Monday 5th June.

In an official statement from the promoters…

“Due to the huge increase in traffic, road closures and unprecedented security as a result of the UEFA Champion’s League Final in Cardiff on June 3rd it has become logistically impossible for Saint Etienne, their crew, production and fans to access the Tramshed for their performance. For this reason we must regrettably postpone the show… but only by two days until Monday 5th June. All tickets for the original show remain valid for the new date. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

Tickets for the show can be bought here

or for other dates on the tour here

Saint Etienne USA Tour 2017

Wings Across America

March 28, 2017

We’re pleased to bring you details of our US tour happening in late September, early October. These will be the first shows we’ve played in America for 5 years.

We apologise that we can’t get round the country a bit more – especially Canada and some of the Southern States – and hope that some of you can make the trip out to see us. We’ll be playing brand new material from Home Counties plus a good selection of songs you’ll know from our back catalogue. Yes, we’ll be bringing merchandise and we look forward to seeing you in the fall.

All tickets go on sale at 10.00am on Friday 31st March except the Bowery Ballroom and Hall Of Williamsburg gigs which are on sale from 12 noon on Wednesday 29th March.


Sun 24 Boston – Somerville Once Ballroom – Click here for Tickets
Mon 25 New York – Bowery Ballroom – Click here for Tickets
Tue 26 Brooklyn – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Click here for Tickets
Wed 27 Washington DC – U Street Music Hall – Click here for Tickets
Fri 29 Chicago – Park West – Click here for Tickets


Mon 2 Seattle – Neptune – Click here for Tickets
Wed 4 San Francisco – The Fillmore – Click here for Tickets
Thu 5 Pomona – Glass House – Click here for Tickets
Fri 6 Los Angeles – The Fonda Theatre – Click here for Tickets

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

Saint Etienne Home Counties Expanded Packshot

Home Counties

March 22, 2017

We’re finally able to bring you news that or brand new album ‘Home Counties’ will be released on the 2nd June 2017.

It contains 19 ‘tracks’ inspired by our bitter-sweet relationship with the eponymous shires that have always been part of our lives.

We recorded it in the summer and autumn of 2016 and it’s co-produced by Shawn Lee of Wall Of Sound and Young Gun Silver Fox fame.

You can pre-order now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl, cd and of course cassette – with some exclusive extras – from our shop here.

Sarah Cracknell says: “We had so much fun writing for this album, drawing influence from our teenage years growing up in the home counties. Bob, Pete and I led almost parallel lives while I was in Windsor and they were in Surrey, developing our passion for music and London. Shawn Lee was a joy to work with, he’s a wonderful multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have some kind of telepathy with us and translated our ideas perfectly. The record is quite varied in styles and brings together a little something from all our past albums whilst sounding completely new.”

Bob Stanley says “Suburbia’s anonymity is exactly why it’s a source of inspiration. They said it couldn’t happen here – and it didn’t.”

Whilst Pete added “We took a ride and ran with the dogs”

As a taster of what’s to come we’re streaming a special preview song from the album entitled ‘Heather’ here

We set off on a UK tour in June but before that have three special warm up dates as follows….

May 2017

Fri 26 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Sat 27 Oxford Common People Festival
Wed 31 Barcelona Primavera Sound

Our tour kicks off in London on the day ‘Home Counties’ is released and we’re pleased to be playing a few of our favourite venues….

Fri 02 London Royal Festival Hall
Sat 03 Cardiff Tramshed
Sun 04 Birmingham Town Hall
Tue 06 Bexhill De La Warr
Thu 08 Newcastle Sage
Fri 09 Edinburgh Queens Hall
Sat 10 Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
Sun 11 Manchester RNCM Concert Hall

Tickets for all of these go on sale at 9am this Friday and you’ll find links to buy at the ‘Latest Events’ section here or by following us on Facebook (Saint Etienne Official) and Twitter (@bobpetesarah).

We’ll also be bringing you news of festival performances and a US tour in Sep/Oct later this week so stay tuned.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

PS. We hope you like the sleeve artwork by renowned artist Scott King

Home Counties, the new album, released 2nd June

Home Counties, the new album, released 2nd June

Saint Etienne Foxbase Alpha 25 Anniversary Boxset

Boxbase Alpha

October 24, 2016

“And now ladies and gentlemen, what you’ve been waiting for!”

Finally we can bring you news on the 25th anniversary re-issues for ‘Foxbase Alpha’.

It’s hard to believe that a quarter of a century has passed since our debut album first appeared in record shops and we hope you’ll like what we we have on offer to celebrate this special anniversary.

First up…..

A single disc vinyl re-issue

An exact replica of the original Heavenly pressing from 1991 – resplendent with full colour inner sleeve and a digital download code for the music. Available to purchase from all good record shops and via the Saint Etienne webshop (click here) – for immediate shipping – from 5pm UK time this Thursday 27th October.

‘Special Edition’ Box Set

Limited to just 2000 copies worldwide the box includes:

• The original album remastered and cut onto two twelve inch 45rpm discs for higher fidelity, housed in an exclusive gatefold version of the original sleeve.
Remains Of The Day, an exclusive album that gathers together ten rare Foxbase Alpha-era recordings from the period most of which are appearing on vinyl for the first time.
• An exclusive one-sided 7” featuring the original, previously unreleased version of Kiss And Make Up, featuring Only Love Can Break Your Heart singer Moira Lambert.
• A perfect bound, 12″ square, 28 page book featuring many unseen photographs and artefacts from the era, plus a new interview with Bob Stanley by the Guardian’s Michael Hann.
• Three 10”x 8” black and white portraits of the group.
• A perforated sheet of Foxbase Alpha trading cards.
• Exact reproductions of the original album press release and biography.
• A digital download code for all of the music.

All items included in the box are exclusive and won’t be available elsewhere .

The box set can be pre-ordered at £50 (plus postage) from the Saint Etienne webshop (link below) from 5pm GMT this Thursday 27th October. Please move quickly as we’re expecting these to sell fast*.

Due to lead times we have been advised that this item will not leave the factory until December 14th. We are doing all we can to bring that date forward so we can ship orders in time for Christmas but there is a strong possibility that orders will not ship until the first week or so in January. We’re sorry for this but wanted to ensure the contents of the box were the best quality possible.

Last but not least we’ll be bringing you a..

Two disc CD version

This is essentially a straight re-press of the 2008 Universal Deluxe Edition.
It comes with a lavish 28 page booklet with extensive sleeve notes by Tom Ewing and Jon Savage.
Disc one is the original Foxbase Alpha album whilst disc two gathers together 14 rare tracks from the era. If you’re a CD person and missed this the first time around – now’s your chance. Available to purchase from all good record shops and via the Saint Etienne webshop (click here) for immediate shipping – from this Thursday 27th October.

* The first 750 orders received come with a complimentary Foxbase Alpha carrier bag.
* All the items mentioned here plus a brand new range of Foxbase Alpha merchandise including T-Shits, Tea Mugs, Tote Bags and Tea Towls will be available from 5pm (UK time) this Thursday 27th October from our shop – click here

We’re recording a brand new album at the moment and will be bringing you news on that very soon. We’re also planning a couple of Christmas bashes so stay tuned via all the usual places!!

Lots of love,

Bob, Pete and Sarah xxx

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