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bar italia - "Jelsy"

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bar italia have released new single and video “Jelsy”, taken from their forthcoming second full length of 2023, ‘The Twits’, out November 3rd. Led by the group’s three-way vocal dynamic, “Jelsy” plays out like a conversation between friends over over wistful, buzzing country blues, the alternating voices at points comforting, wry and hopelessly yearning.

Additionally, bar italia have announced a group show of drawings to take place October 27th at the Frieze exhibition space at No.9 Cork Street, with the public view at 6pm-8pm.

Later today, the band will perform live in session on BBC 6 Music’s New Music Fix Daily show which airs between 7-9pm BST.


bar italia on Tour

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Saturday, September 23 Seanie Buttons, Cork IE
Sunday, September 24 Workman’s Club, Dublin IE
Thursday, September 28 Monk Club, Rome IT
Friday, September 29 Covo Club, Bologna IT
Saturday, September 30 Spazio 211, Turin IT
Sunday, October 1 Biko, Milan IT
Tuesday, October 31 YES, Manchester UK
Wednesday, November 1 The Fleece, Bristol UK
Thursday, November 2 Mutations Festival, Brighton UK
Friday, November 3 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
Saturday, November 4 Room 2, Glasgow UK
Sunday, November 5 Rough Trade, Nottingham UK
Monday, November 6 Rough Trade East, London UK
Tuesday, November 7 Village Underground, London UK (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, November 9 Antipode, Rennes FR
Saturday, November 11 Pitchfork Festival, Paris FR
Sunday, November 12 Le Ciel, Grenoble FR
Monday, November 13 Palace, St. Gallen CH
Wednesday, November 15 B72, Vienna AT
Thursday, November 16 Manufaktur, Schorndorf DE
Friday, November 17 TransCentury Update 2023, Leipzig DE
Saturday, November 18 Molotow Skybar, Hamburg DE
Sunday, November 19 Lido, Berlin DE
Monday, November 20 VEGA, Copenhagen DK
Wednesday, November 22 Tanzhaus West, Frankfurt DE
Thursday, November 23 Rotown, Rotterdam NL
Friday, November 24 Bitterzoet, Amsterdam NL
Saturday, November 25 Trix, Antwerp BE
Sunday, November 26 Botanique, Brussels BE
Friday, December 1 Songbyrd, Washington DC
Saturday, December 2 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia PA
Sunday, December 3 Elsewhere, Brooklyn NY
Monday, December 4 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, December 5 Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
Wednesday, December 6 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC
Friday, December 8 Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
Saturday, December 9 The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI
Sunday, December 10 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL (SOLD OUT)
Monday, December 11 Empty Bottle, Chicago IL
Tuesday, December 12 Turf Club, St. Paul MN
Wednesday, December 13 High Noon Saloon, Madison WI
Friday, December 15 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH
Saturday, December 16 Mahall’s, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, December 17 Club Café, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, March 15 Warsaw, Brooklyn NY
Wednesday, March 20 The Earl, Atlanta GA
Thursday, March 21 Motorco Music Hall, Durham NC
Friday, March 22 Eulogy, Asheville NC
Monday, March 25 The Blue Room at Third Man Records, Nashville TN
Wednesday, March 27 Toulouse Theatre, New Orleans LA
Thursday, March 28 The Secret Group, Houston TX
Friday, March 29 Mohawk, Austin TX
Saturday, March 30 Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas TX
Monday, April 1 Sister, Albuquerque NM
Monday, April 8 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
Tuesday, April 9 Hollywood Theatre, Vancouver BC
Wednesday, April 10 Neumos, Seattle WA
Thursday, May 2 Electric Brixton, London UK

bar italia Online
band website

Belle & Sebastian - Mary Anne Hobbs - BBC 6 Music Session

Fresh off the back of the worldwide release of their new original soundtrack release 'Days of the Bagnold Summer', Belle and Sebastian were invited to perform a live session for Mary Anne Hobbs at BBC 6 Music yesterday.

The band contributed a live version of their uptempo recent single 'Sister Buddha', along with a rendition of 'I Know Where The Summer Goes', before chatting with Mary Anne about the new record and their adolescent penchants for Megadeth and Anthrax.

Listen back to the session in full here (1:35:33)

Listen to 'Days of the Bagnold Summer' here

Belle and Sebastian on Tour
Thursday, October 31 L’Aéronef, Lille FR
Friday, November 1 Pitchfork Music Festival, Paris FR
Saturday, November 2 Le Krakatoa, Mérignac FR
Sunday, November 3 Le Bikini, Toulouse FR
Monday, November 4 Baluarte, Pamplona ES
Wednesday, November 6 Aula Magna, Lisbon PT
Friday, November 8 Primavera Weekender, Benidorm ES

Belle & Sebastian online
Official site

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