Bastille (stylised as BΔSTILLE) are a British band formed in 2010. The group began as a solo project by lead vocalist Dan Smith, but later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson, and drummer Chris Wood. The name of the band derives from Bastille Day, which is celebrated on 14 July, the date of Smith’s birthday.

After an independently released debut single and a self-released EP, the band signed to Virgin Records. Their first studio album, Bad Blood, was released in March 2013 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and included the hit single “Pompeii” which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the 2014 ceremony, winning the British Breakthrough Act. As of November 2014, Bastille have sold over five million records in the US and 2.5 million records in the UK.

The band announced their third studio album, scheduled for release in 2018. Speaking to NME, Smith said “We never really stop writing and recording, but I can confirm we spent a lot of this year writing our third album.” On 1 September 2017, the band Headlined the Annual Pilton Party Held at Pilton Worthy Farm home of the Glastonbury Festival. On 9 November 2017, the band released a music video for “World Gone Mad”, a song for the Netflix movie Bright. On 23 November 2017, Craig David and Bastille released “I Know You,” the second single from David’s album, The Time Is Now. The single peaked at number 5 in 2018.

On 9 May 2018, “Quarter Past Midnight”, the first single of the third album Doom Days was aired on BBC Radio 1. On 17 August 2018, Bastille and Marshmello released their single “Happier”


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