Bastille Biography


The brainchild of Londoner Dan Smith, Bastille are named after the famous French holiday Bastille Day, July 14… which also happens to be Dan's birthday.

With a band comprising Chris Wood, Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson, Bastille came to the attention of Radio X when presenter Phil Clifton came across an early demo.

Signing to EMI at the end of 2011, the released their debut single Overjoyed in April 2012, but it was the track Pompeii that hit the mainstream in 2013, making Number Two in the UK charts.

Their debut album, Bad Blood, was released to acclaim in March 2013.




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