Days of the Bagnold Summer began life as a 2012 award-winning graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, was turned into a feature film and the directorial debut of Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner), and is now a wonderful, rich, bittersweet, and warmly welcoming original soundtrack album by Belle and Sebastian, to be released September 13 on Matador Records.
The announcement arrives with first single ‘Sister Buddha’ and its accompanying video. Premiered by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music, the anthemic and transcendent song is led by shards of melodic guitar and Stuart Murdoch’s compassionate lyrics and soaring vocals, telling of a protagonist in search of an escape from “the thrills, the pills, the circus ring”, brimming with a message of inner strength and solidarity.
Days Of The Bagnold Summer features eleven brand new Belle and Sebastian songs, as well as re-recorded versions of classics ‘Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying’, originally appearing on 1996’s If You’re Feeling Sinister, and ‘I Know Where The Summer Goes’, from 1998’s This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP.
The band headline a run of festivals this summer, starting with their own The Boaty Weekender music cruise in August, followed by Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris in October, and the inaugural Primavera Weekender in Benidorm in November, alongside further UK and European headline shows. A full list of upcoming dates can be found underneath the album bio below.
Days Of The Bagnold Summer, set for release in 2020, features BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan (Eye in the Sky, The Falling, Pride), Earl Cave (The End of the F***ing World), Rob Brydon (The Trip, A Cock and Bull Story), BIFA-Award-winning actress, writer and director Alice Lowe (Prevenge, Adult Life Skills, Sightseers), Olivier-Award-winner actress Tamsin Greig (Second Best Marigold Hotel, Tamara Drewe) and Elliot Speller-Gillot (Uncle). It’s a tender, touching and acutely observed coming-of-age story, which tells of a heavy-metal-loving teenager’s holiday plans falling through at the last minute, leading to him having to spend the summer with the person who annoys him most in the world: his mum.
UK Tour DatesTour Dates:
July 2nd, Sheffield, Leadmill, UK*
July 3rd, Albert Hall, Manchester, UK*
July 4th, O2 Academy, Oxford, UK*
*with support from Westerman