Whether they are singing the praises of greasy spoon cafés in Kentish Town or lazy afternoon walks down Parkway, London certainly belongs to Saint Etienne. Formalising their status as our indie poet laureates, they've spent the year as Artists in Residence at Southbank Centre. Tonight they unveil the fruits of their creative labour, a 75 minute film entitled "This Is Tomorrow". Directed by Paul Kelly and produced by Andrew Hinton, the film presents a history of the site starting with the 1951 Festival of Britain and running through its current refurbishment.
Backed by a 60-piece orchestra and a choir of children from Lambeth and Southwark schools, Saint Etienne will play a live soundtrack to the film at 8 p.m. in Royal Festival Hall. In addition to the soundtrack, their performance promises to include a few new songs as well. Saint Etienne fans and lovers of London alike (and we think there's a considerable overlap between these two groups) should find much to delight in here!
Saint Etienne: This Is Tomorrow, Friday 29 June 2007 at 8 p.m. at Royal Festival Hall.