Sunday's penultimate act on the main stage will be none other than House Music veterans and pioneers of the Indie-Dance genre, Saint Etienne. 22 years in the making and fresh from the release of their new album Words and Music by Saint Etienne the band will play an integral part in rounding up the weekend with some of the finest electro pop tunes which the genre has to offer.
Formed in London in 1990 off the back of a dance music movement spurred by the likes of New Order and other post-punk synth bands, Saint Etienne consists of keyboardists Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs accompanied by their majestic lead singer Sarah Cracknell. Childhood friends Bob and Pete initially formed the band as a distraction from their day job as music journalists, choosing to use a variety of lead singers in the group before unanticipated success with their debut single Only Love Can Break Your Heart prompted the band to consider a more permanent fixture in Sarah Cracknell.
The band received extensive coverage in NME and Melody Maker in the early 90s and were seen as a lynchpin of the alternative dance route which provided music fans with a substitute from the emerging Brit-Pop movement, as well as the already prominent Seattle based Grunge genre. Indeed Saint Etienne's success is not limited domestically; with the band topping the US Dance Chart on two occasions with the aforementioned Neil Young cover Only Love Can Break Your Heart as well as the 60s inspired Nothing Can Stop Us.
Saint Etienne can boast a list of well received albums and have a back catalogue of popular collaborations with artists ranging from Tim Burgess (of last year's headliners The Charlatans) and Kylie Minogue to David Essex! The trio have also paved the way for many of today's top artists, influencing acts such as The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy not to mention their contribution to more mainstream Pop Music, who thousands of artists are indebted to.
For those of you who like a good dance and an excuse to let your hair down, do not miss Saint Etienne, one of Pop Music's ever present and consistently fantastic acts.