Glasgwegian indie-pop collective, Belle & Sebastian, are confirmed to return to Australia this summer for a string of headline shows.  Announced already for the NZ leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival only, the teams at Laneway Presents & Penny Drop can confirm that the Australian mainland will not miss out, as they announce headline shows across the country.

After a four year absence since their last Australian tour, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House, Belle & Sebastian will play at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Wednesday 28 JanuarySydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 29 January, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 1 February and the Astor Theatre in Perth on Tuesday 3 February.

Led by charismatic front man, Stuart Murdoch, fans can anticipate a stroll through the band’s unabashedly retrogressive catalogue of the high-energy and humorous to the lilting and lamenting. Naming themselves after a 1965 children’s book by French writer Cecile Aubry of the same name, Belle & Sebastian formed in Glasgow in 1996, expeditiously gaining a tenacious string of admirers with their debut Tigermilk.  Their follow up release If You’re Feeling Sinister, served as a platform for what has rightfully become one of their hallmarks; affectations of chamber pop teamed with Murdoch’s unflinching gift as a writer.

Just last month, Belle and Sebastian announced next year’s release of their highly anticipated ninth studio album, due out on Friday 16th January in Australia.  Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance (Matador/Remote Control) is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s Write About Love. The album was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others.  Additional mixing was done with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow, and Frank Arkwright mastered the album at Abbey Road Studios.

A short video clip from their time in Atlanta – set to one of the new tracks – is available to watch HERE. There are also several images from recording and other recent activities on their Instagram.

This news comes following last week’s re-issue of the band’s entire vinyl catalogue, with new cover art for Dear Catastrophe Waitress.  All details available HERE.

Opening each night will be cheeky, charming and touchingly direct Melbourne foursome,Twerps.  Forming in late 2008, they have been affectionately called “the best new band in Australia” by iconic UK magazine Uncut.  Signing this year to Merge Records globally, their effortless eight song EP Underlay was released in advance of their highly anticipated second album in early 2015.

These Belle & Sebastian’s appearances are set to bring with them the winsome musings and layered arrangements their fans adore them for.