Saint Etienne are a crucial part of British indie pop history. Formed in 1990 by Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, and named after a French football team, the band was initially that duo with guest vocalists.
Despite breaking through with vocalist Moira Lambert singing the deliciously infectious Only Love Can Break Your Heart, it wasn't long before Bob and Pete, and everyone else, fell in love with the bewitching Sarah Cracknell.
Cracknell joined Saint Etienne before the band's debut record Foxbase Alpha had been completed and her easy, delicate vocal was used on all the remaining tracks as Bob and Pete dispensed with their squad rotation policy.
Since then, Saint Etienne have comfortably bridged indie, dance and pop genres, delivering a clutch of memorable and incredibly catchy indie tunes that include You're in a Bad Way, I Was Born on Christmas Day (officially known as 'Xmas 93') and He's On the Phone, alongside the unbeatable Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
Two decades on, Sarah Cracknell's voice is as beguiling as ever and Saint Etienne have continued to change and evolve, maintaining their fan-base and continuing to find new audiences. Into 2012, and the trio will be touring the UK once more, adding new accents to old classics and offering up new material.
Saint Etienne kick off their short UK tour at the Leadmill in Sheffield on 22nd May, followed by dates in Liverpool and Leamington Spa, before the final gig of the run at the legendary London Palladium on Monday 28th May 2012.
We will have tickets available when they go on sale at 9am on Friday 17th February, priced from £16.50.
Saint Etienne are indie dance royalty and these shows are expected to sell out.