Saint Etienne: Tiger Bay
Address: Barbican Centre (Barbican Hall), London
25 years since its release, pioneering pop trio Saint Etienne perform their critically rated album in its entirety along with a set of hits and deep cuts from their back catalogue.
Released in 1994, just ahead of Britpop, Tiger Bay was a ground-breaking blend of electronica and orchestration with traditional folk melodies. Ranging from heady love songs like ‘Hug My Soul’ to the brooding death ballad ‘Like A Motorway’, the record mixed intricate instrumentation with romantic lyricism and the sounds of 90s rave.
The record remains as contemporary and involving as it did 25 years ago – the emotive string and woodwind arrangements, written by the late David Whitaker (Serge Gainsbourg, Marianne Faithfull, Air) shine through here, performed live by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Never before performed with a full orchestra, this will also be the band’s only performance this year.
Tickets: £25- £35 (+ booking fee)
Young Barbican (subject to availability): £10