US 2014 Tour Dates Announced for May & June

Ben will be heading out with a band (Will Golden on keys and bass, and Al Sgro on drums) on a 3-week US Tour this May and June. He'll be playing music from his solo albums Rattlebag and Shapes & Shadows, as well as some Gomez favorites. The tour begins Friday, May 30 in San Diego and will take them across the country, ending in Nashville on Sunday, June 22.

For those who weren't able to get Rattlebag through the Indiegogo campaign, the album will be available at the shows. Check out the itinerary in the Tour Dates section to the right!



Final Indiegogo Update for Rattlebag

Vinyl is in and we have started shipping it out to all of you lovely, patient people. For those of you that also pledged on Lyric Sheets, Ben tucked them in the vinyl to keep them safe before they were packaged. We thought we should warn you. 

We hope the rest of you are enjoying Rattlebag. 

Once there is an update on official release, we will be sure to let everybody know. Until then, you can always pick up a copy at one of the upcoming solo gigs that Ben is doing next month. 




Rattlebag Shipping To Indiegogo Supporters

Thank you everyone who pledged to Ben's Indiegogo campaign in support of his new album, Rattlebag! The album is finished, and beautiful.

The Rattlebag CDs, Lullaby CDs, Lyric Sheets, Stickers and Tshirts are all in. We are in the process of breaking the orders out by region and then packaging the materials to send out this week.

The vinyl is still being pressed due to delays at the production plant, but we will give an update as soon as we know when you can expect those.

We are so looking forward to sharing this record exclusively with you, our Indiegogo supporters! If you didn't pre-purchase the album through Indiegogo please standby for news about future release.


Support Ben's Upcoming Solo Album

BIG NEWS - Ben has just returned from a short tour in the States including some time spent in Los Angeles where he wrote new material for his second solo record.

For those of you that have seen him live recently, you have heard the first bluesy track, “Patience and Rosaries.” Building on that tune, Ben is preparing to finish recording, packaging and exclusively releasing this record on his own. To do that, he is going the route of crowd sourcing through Indiegogo. Please have a look and pass this link on to everyone you know.

If you haven’t heard, "Patience and Rosaries", there is a preview of it on his Indiegogo page, filmed by Becca Ellson with edits by Billy Green.

Ben had a chat with Phil Simon for the Huffington Post where he discusses the state of Gomez and why he chose Indiegogo. Take a look here.



New Dates in the UK this September and US in October

Exciting news for those of you on both sides of the pond, Ben will be making the solo rounds again in the UK and US in the next couple months! We'll leave it to you all to gaze over towards your right to check out all the details.

Australian Tour in June/July

Ben is bringing his solo tour down to Australia this June and July! All shows minus Perth (opener TBA on that one) will feature special guest Matt Walker; tickets are on sale now.

US Tour in April

After a successful run of UK dates this past winter, Ben has decided to make a quick coast-to-coast jaunt of the US this spring.  The tour kicks off on April 17th with a string of dates along the eastern seaboard, with visits to Philly, NYC and DC before heading down to Austin for a gig at Lambert's (and a nice dish of bbq while he is at it).  Ben will wrap things up along the West Coast, working his way down from the Pacific Northwest to the sandy shores of Southern California.


Ben to Perform at Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration

Come see Ben at The Sage Gateshead this Monday night (Feb 18) for Sir Bobby Robson - A Celebration. Ben will be performing one of Sir Bobby's 'Desert Island Discs' with a full orchestra. All proceeds go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Alan Shearer Foundation. Get more details at tickets here.



London Unhinged Festival

Ben will perform a solo set at the LONDON UNHINGED FESTIVAL on Friday 23rd November at the legendary Electric Brixton (The Fridge) in London. Tickets are available here.

Unhinged is a multidisciplinary festival comprising arts, music, film, fashion, and performance. 10% of profits is being donated to the War Child charity, helping children in some of the world's poorest and most war ravaged countries. Tickets are only 12 pounds - check it all out at unhingedfestival.com and join the Facebook event.



More UK Dates Added

The previously announced trio of solo shows in the UK has expanded to a full tour of eight dates. The new additions: Liverpool, Sheffield, Cardiff, Bristol, and Oswestry.


UK Shows Added in December

Ben has added a trio of solo shows in the UK this December: The Bodega in Nottingham on the 7th, Moho Live in Manchester on the 8th, and Hall 2 at The Sage Gateshead on the 11th. Tickets for Nottingham and Manchester are on sale now; Gateshead goes on sale to the public on Friday.



New UK Festival Dates in May

Ben has a pair of solo festival gigs coming up in May, Bearded Theory in Derbyshire on the 19th and Elderflower Fields in Sussex on the 26th.



UK Dates Added

Ben has added a few UK solo dates to the calendar between Mez tours, including Brighton (Dec 16), Manchester (Dec 22), and Derbyshire (Dec 23), before returning to Bush Hall in London on January 19th. Check the tour dates for all details.



Ben Covers Rihanna

Watch Ben cover Rihanna's "Only Girl in the World" for Billboard's Mashup Monday.



Ben's US Tour Wrapping Up

There's still time to catch Ben stateside; he'll be at Schubas in Chicago tomorrow night (3/25) and in LA next Saturday (4/2) at the Bootleg Theater. Ben will then head off to Australia for a run of dates in support of Shapes & Shadows. Check out the tour dates for ticket links.



Ben Confirms Australian Tour in April

We're pleased to announce that Ben will be heading to Australia for a weeklong tour beginning on April 6th in Sydney.  All dates are on sale now at the Love Police website.



UK Tour Begins Saturday

Ben will hit the road this weekend to begin his UK tour in support of the release of Shapes & Shadows, which is available everywhere now.  The tour kicks off in Cork, Ireland on Saturday night and continues through March 9th, when the tour finishes up with a big show at Bush Hall in London.  Tickets are still available for these shows.



Ben Ottewell to Release Shapes & Shadows Download "Lightbulbs" for Free

Ben Ottewell is set to release his first solo album, Shapes & Shadows, in February, 2011. The album is scheduled to be released in the UK (Eat Sleep Records) on February 7th and on February 15th in the US (ATO) and Australia (Shock).

Shapes & Shadows is available on CD, MP3 or FLAC and is available individually or bundled with an exclusive five track digital EP containing acoustic versions of four of the songs from Shapes & Shadows and a very special cover song. This EP will be available to download from the day of the release of the album.


Shapes & Shadows Released in the US

Shapes & Shadows is officially out today in the US. You can purchase the album above or from iTunes and Amazon



Album Released in UK, Pre-order in Australia Now

Today marks the release date in the UK for Shapes & Shadows.

In addition, those of you in Australia who have been awaiting release info can now pre-order the album via the Shock website.  The album will officially be released this Friday, February 11th.



Shapes & Shadows Available for Pre-Sale at UK Retailers

In addition to the opportunity to pre-order the new album above, Shapes & Shadows is now available for pre-sale through the following UK sites:

Itunes (UK)
Amazon (UK)
Play (UK)



Ben Joins the Cabinet of Wonders

While in New York City next week, Ben will stop by John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders at City Winery (after Ben's solo set at the Mercury Lounge) on Friday, February 11th.  Ben will join a cast of characters including Ted Leo, Fiery Furnaces, Eugene Mirman, Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield as well as the host himself, John Wesley Harding for an evening of songs and stories.

Tickets are available via CityWinery.com.



Spotify Playlist

We're giving you a glimpse into Ben's favorites from the back lounge of the bus currently via Spotify.  The Tour Bus Treats playlist can be found here.



Ben Performing on BBC Radio4

Catch Ben performing more new material from Shapes and Shadows on "Loose Ends" with Clive Anderson on BBC Radio4, this Saturday at 18:15 GMT. For more information on the show, visit here.



6Music - Vote for Ben on Rebel Playlist

Steve Lamacq's Rebel Playlist is asking listeners for their thoughts on three tracks over at 6Music.  "Lightbulbs" is one of the choice tracks that he is asking people's opinions on.  Head over to the Rebel Playlist page and vote for "Lightbulbs" this week.  Voting ends on Sunday evening.



Mercury Lounge Show Confirmed

In addition to Ben's previously confirmed appearance for the Neil Young Tribute at Carnegie Hall on February 10th, he has confirmed an additional show at the Mercury Lounge on Friday, February 11th at 7:00pm.  Tickets for this acoustic performance will go on sale on Saturday, January 15th at ticketmaster Stay tuned for some additional info forthcoming regarding this NYC trip.



Ben Gives Away "Blackbird"

In preparation for Ben Ottewell's upcoming solo release, Shapes and Shadows, Ben is offering up a free download of the track "Blackbird" for everybody. The pre-order for the US and UK releases, including deluxe packages, are currently available above. Order yours today.



Ben Ottewell on BBC Radio 2 on Jan 15th (live acoustic performance)

Ben will perform live on Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Sessions on BBC Radio 2 this Saturday, January 15th at 15:00 GMT. For more info on the show, visit here.



Ben Ottewell to Release Shapes & Shadows
Download "Lightbulbs" for Free

Ben Ottewell is set to release his first solo album, Shapes & Shadows, in February, 2011. The album is scheduled to be released in the UK (Eat Sleep Records) on February 7th and on February 15th in the US (ATO) and Australia (Shock).

Shapes & Shadows is available on CD, MP3 or FLAC and is available individually or bundled with an exclusive five track digital EP containing acoustic versions of four of the songs from Shapes & Shadows and a very special cover song. This EP will be available to download from the day of the release of the album.

All pre-orders of Shapes & Shadows will also receive the track "Lightbulbs" as a free MP3 download at time of purchase. The track is currently available for streaming above.

For UK pre-orders, click here.


Ben Ottewell is touring the UK and USA through the summer, playing music from his newly-recorded album Rattlebag as well as his first album Shapes & Shadows and some Gomez favorites. 

US shows just announced, and on sale this week!

UK  (solo acoustic)

April 22  -  Bristol - The Louisiana (tickets)

April 23  -  Brighton - Komedia (tickets)

April 24  -  Leeds - The Cockpit (tickets)

April 25  -  London - The Borderline (tickets)

April 27  -  Glasgow - King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (tickets)

April 28  -  Newcastle - The Cluny (tickets)

April 29  -  Manchester - The Deaf Institute (tickets)

April 30  -  Nottingham - The Bodega (tickets)

USA (with band)

May 30 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues Delta Room (On Sale: Thu, Apr 24 @ 10am PT)

May 31 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25

June 1 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar Music Hall (On Sale: Thu, Apr 24 @ 10am PT)

June 3 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 10am PT)

June 4 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 10am PT)

June 7 - Denver, CO - Soiled Dove (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 10am MDT)

June 10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25)

June 11 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall (On Sale: Wed, Apr 23 @ 8am CDT

June 12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 12pm CDT)

June 13 - Detroit, MI - Shelter (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 10am EDT)

June 14 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @10am EDT)

June 16 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 12pm EDT)

June 17 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939 at Berklee (On Sale Now

June 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Milkboy (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 12pm EDT)

June 19 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall (On Sale: Thur, Apr 24 @ 10am EDT)

June 21 - Atlanta, GA - Vinyl (On Sale: Fri, Apr 25 @ 10am EDT)

June 22 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley (On Sale: Thur, Apr 24 @ 10am CDT)



For Ben's tour dates with Gomez, visit the Gomez tour page.


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