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Thursday 8th June will already be a date etched into many people’s memory, with the future of the very country at stake as people will be hitting the polling stations to vote in potentially the most important General Election for decades. 

On a lighter and happier note however, this day also sees the welcome return of Saint Etienne to the region as they hit The Sage Gateshead in support of their new release, Home Counties.  The quintessentially English indie-pop group reached the peak of their fame during the mid-nineties with 1993’s So Tough and the following year’s Tiger Bay both reaching the Top 10 in the UK album charts.  Singles like You’re In A Bad Way and Nothing Can Stop Us found the perfect blend of pop and indie with a dance vibe that harkened back to the Second Summer of Love and catapulted the band to the point where they were one of the true darlings of the likes of NME, Melody Maker and the pre-Britpop ear. 

Home Counties, released on Friday 2nd June, was the band’s ninth long-player after a gap of five years, and will surely be a welcome addition to their catalogue. Sarah Cracknell’s dreamy vocals still recall a kind of sixties innocence, and Saint Etienne’s laid-back grooves are perhaps exactly what we need this coming June.

Saint Etienne play Sage Gateshead on Thursday 8th June.

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