Would you like to spend five days on a cruise ship with Belle & Sebastian sailing from Barcelona to Cagliari, Sardinia? Well you can do just that with The Boaty Weekender (a tip of the hat to their 1999 Bowlie Weekender fest) which will happen August 8 - 12, 2019 aboard the Norwegian Jade, featuring four nights of music across five stages, all curated by Belle & Sebastian:

We want to do it right. Let’s have yoga and cocktails and club nights and themed balls and crèches and quizzes and scrabble tournaments – and gigs. Gigs upon gigs from some of our good friends and favourite acts in rock ‘n’ roll on five stages throughout the ship - and instead of stumbling home to a damp tent in a dark field, saunter back to the comfort of a clean bed in your own stateroom on a luxury liner.

So what else can you expect from The Boaty Weekender? How about two unique performances from Belle & Sebastian, a live Q&A with the band, activities with each of us – and if you reserve your stateroom fast enough, some neat extras...Don’t you fancy joining us on this floating festival with fellow fans? This party we’re throwing just won’t be the same without you. Let it be so. No checkout, and breakfast runs till two.

One of those neat extras is if you're one of the first 350 to book a cabin, you can attend a performance of Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant – an album B&S have never before performed in full. Reserve a cabin during the pre-sale, and you’ll get an "exclusive cruise vinyl." More details and the rest of the lineup are still to be announced but you can register for The Boaty Weekender presale here.

Meanwhile, Belle & Sebastian will be on dry land touring North America starting with a NYC show at Forest Hills Stadium on June 8 which is with Perfume Genius and Frankie Cosmos. Tickets are on sale, and you can enter to win a pair.