In what is possibly the most quintessentially Belle & Sebastian thing to have ever happened, a video has emerged of some of the band members playing the cult classic board game Settlers of Catan and chatting about their upcoming cruise festival, The Boaty Weekender.
The Boaty Weekender, a four-day music festival cruise curated and headlined by Belle & Sebastian, is due to set sail from Barcelona on the 8th of August this year, in what will truly be a once in a lifetime experience for diehard Belle & Sebastian listeners and chamber pop fans alike.
And if Barcelona in summer, Belle & Sebastian performing twice in four days and a line-up of 19 other indie pop legends isn’t enough for you to sell all your belongings and buy a ticket to Barcelona, then I honestly don’t know what you’re doing with your life. But if you still need more convincing, just watch the video. I don’t know what more you could ask for, there are sailor hats, exceptionally dry humour and a sneak peek of what you can expect at the festival. And let’s be real, if you drew a venn diagram of Belle & Sebastian fans and adult people who love playing Catan, it would basically just be one circle.
Most excitingly though, the video reveals that the band will be mixing with the audience throughout the cruise, which is pretty bloody exciting. The video also suggests there may be the opportunity to do tequila shots with the band, which I’m definitely not holding them to, but, you know, dare to dream.
Video aside though, The Boaty Weekender sounds like it’s going to be pretty unbelievable. Along with Belle & Sebastian, a stack of other ace bands will be performing multiple shows across five stages. The line-up includes Mogwai, Camera Obscura, Teenage Fanclub, Japanese Breakfast, Alvvays and heaps more. Plus there’ll be some other boat-y activities to partake in like, the nautical knot tying art class, and some less boat-y but equally exciting on-board activities such as a mini film festival, collage club, yoga, band name bingo and karaoke.
As well as cruising across the Mediterranean, the boat will also stop off in Sardinia, making the event not just a festival but an actual holiday. Basically, The Boaty Weekender sounds like all the best parts of a music festival without the mud, lines for bathrooms and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements.
So, If You’re Feeling Sinister, and every day when you Step into Your Office, you want to scream “Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying”, and Your Wandering Days Are, in fact not, Over, then it might be time to Ease Your Feet at Sea, and fulfil your life’s greatest Expectations and head to The Boaty Weekender.
More information on The Boaty Weekender including the full line up and where to buy tickets can be found: here.