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2016 US Tour Dates Announced

Just Announced, Ben will be touring the US in March 2016!

Tickets on sale Friday, December 18, 2015.

Tue, March 8, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

Wed, March 9, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar

Fri, March 11, 2016 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Sat, March 12, 2016 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

Mon, March 14, 2016 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove Underground

Wed, March 16, 2016 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern

Fri, March 18, 2016 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Sat, March 19, 2016 – Boston, MA – Red Room at Cafe 939

Mon, March 21, 2016 – Vienna, VA – Jammin Java

Tue, March 22, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy

UK Winter Shows

UK Shows December 2015 – February 2016. Don’t miss Ben on tour!

Thu, Dec 17, 2015 – Dunfermline – PJ Molloys

Fri, Dec 18, 2015 – Edinburgh – The Biscuit Factory (UPDATED)

Sat, Dec 19, 2015 – Kilmarnock – Bakers

Fri, Jan 8, 2016 – Matlock – The Loft: Matlock

Mon, Feb 1, 2016 – Guilford – Boileroom

Tues, Feb 2, 2016 – Southampton – Joiners

Wed, Feb 3, 2016 – Bristol – The Louisiana

Thu, Feb 4, 2016 – Exeter – The Cavern Club

Mon, Feb 8, 2016 – Tunbridge Wells – The Forum

Tue, Feb 9, 2016 – Leeds – The Wardrobe

Wed, Feb 10, 2016 – Newcastle – The Cluny 2


New Song “Sugarcoat” Out Now!

The new song, “Sugarcoat,” that Ben wrote with singer-songwriter Ben Arthur while at SXSW is available now!

Songcraft Presents and Acoustic Cafe invited Ben to participate in a unique session, where they wrote and recorded a new song together in a 3-hour period, while in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2015.

The song came out great. You can hear the song and the whole session here, on Acoustic Cafe’s webpage:

Buy “Sugarcoat” on iTunes:


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Summer / Autumn UK Tour Dates 2015

UK Tour Dates 2015 – August / September / October

Jul 12 – Tynemouth – Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Aug 17 – North Yorkshire – Fever Festival
Aug 19 – Sheffield – Greystones
Aug 30 – Portsmouth – Victorious Festival
Sept 5  – Matlock – Ale House Rocks Festival
Sept 18 – Oxford – Academy 2
Sept 19 – Leicester – Academy 2
Sept 20 – Hull – Adelphi
Sept 22 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Sept 23 – Manchester – Soup Kitchen
Sept 25 – Nottingham – Bodega
Sept 26 – Glasgow – Oran Mor
Sept 27 – York – Duchess
Sept 29 – Brighton – Komedia
Sept 30 – London – Jazz Cafe (*supporting Rich Robinson)
Oct 1 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Oct 2 – Weston Super Mare – Love’s
Oct 3 – Devon – Pilton Village Hall

*Ben is pleased to be supporting Rich Robinson (formerly of the Black Crowes) at the Jazz Cafe on 30th September.

Summer Festival Lineup


‘Tis the season for festivals, and Ben will be appearing at a handful of festivals across the UK this Summer. Check him out at the shows below…

Friday, 19 June – London – More London Free Festival / Music Fridays presented by Sunday Best  [Free Show]

Sunday, 12 July – Tynemouth – Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Monday, 17 August – North Yorkshire – Knaresborough Feva Fest

Sunday, 30 August – Portsmouth – Victorious Festival

Saturday, 5 September – Matlock – Ale House Rocks Festival at Square & Compass

9:30 Club’s Blog on Rattlebag Artwork


ART BLANCHE: Rattlebag

It’s pretty clear from talking to Ben Ottewell that he is fascinated by anything to do with the Dia de los Muertos. Unfortunately for Ben, trying to merge this love of Mexican imagery with his music hasn’t always been successful… for a different reason than you might expect.

“Well, I’m in a band called Gomez,” he laughed. “We toyed with using Mexican art for posters a little but because of the name we kinda stayed away from it – it seems so obvious.”

For the British singer-songwriter, a solo album, titled Rattlebag, was then a great excuse to use some of the Mexican imagery he was so taken to.

Read Article:

Rattlebag on iTunes:


Edinburgh Krafty Brew Gig Moved – Mon 13/4 !

Please note Ben’s show at Krafty Brew this Monday 13/4 has been MOVED to Electric Circus.

The show moved due to situations beyond their control, but the evening is still presented by Krafty Brew and will be an intimate show (just a few tickets available)! If you previously purchased tickets, they will now be honoured at Electric Circus for Monday night.

Ben will now be on stage at 8:45pm, with some great local support early in the evening.

Electric Circus (presented by Krafty Brew)
36-39 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
0131 226 4224


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On Sale – North American Dates March 2015


Ben Ottewell will be playing a handful of North American solo shows this March, surrounding his showcase at the SXSW Music festival in Austin on March 19.

March 11 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
                        *with special guest David McMillin of Fort Frances

March 12 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music

March 14 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
                         *with special guest David McMillin of Fort Frances

March 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

March 19 – Austin, TX – SXSW Official Showcase

March 23 – Toronto, Ontario – The Drake Hotel

Ben will perform music from his solo album, Rattlebag (out now), as well as tunes from his first solo album, Shapes & Shadows, and some Gomez favorites. The raw power of Ottewell’s voice and accomplished guitar playing are even more striking in the acoustic setting, promising an intimate evening not to be missed!

(photo courtesy of Andrew Thompson Photography)

April UK Shows – On Sale Thursday

Just Announced! Ben continues his solo show dates across the UK in support of his recently-released critically-acclaimed album, Rattlebag.

All nine shows go On Sale tomorrow, Thursday 19th February at 9am.

April 7 – Guildford – Boileroom

April 8 – Reading – Bowery District

April 11 – Stockton – Georgian Theatre

April 12 – Dunfermline – PJ Molloys

April 14 – Aberdeen – Lemon Tree

April 15 – Inverness – Mad Hatters

April 17 – Carlisle – Brickyard

April 18 – Liverpool – Magnet

April 19 – Norwich – Waterfront Studio


Ben Ottewell 602 (photo Timm Cleasby)

SXSW 2015 – PRS For Music Foundation


We’re excited to announce Ben will be attending the SXSW 2015 music festival (March 17-22), performing an official showcase in conjunction with The End Records.

For his trip to SXSW, Ben has been generously supported with a grant from PRS for Music Foundation (PRSF), UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Musicians’ Union (MU) and Arts Council England — giving him an opportunity to further develop as an independent artist. The PRS for Music Foundation’s International Showcase Fund gives British artists the vital opportunity to attend events on the global stage and gain awareness for their music abroad.

Details for Ben’s SXSW 2015 Showcase will be announced soon.


Victorious Festival UK – August Bank Holiday Weekend

It has just been announced Ben will be playing Victorious Festival 2015 in Portsmouth, during August Bank Holiday weekend. Ben will be performing on Sunday, 30th August, and joining a line-up including headliners Basement Jaxx, special guests Texas, and more!

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside – which is why Victorious Festival has set up home on Southsea Seafront in the heart of Naval Portsmouth. Alongside stunning sea-views the site also encompasses Southsea Castle & Lighthouse, The D-Day Museum, The Blue Reef Aquarium & Southsea Skatepark, all of which will be free to festival-goers.

Get your early bird tickets now at


UPDATED January 2015 Gigs in South of England

Just announced, Ben will be returning to Love’s Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset on 23rd January!

Ben has a handful of UK dates in January 2015, ON SALE NOW!

* with special guest Michele Stodart (of The Magic Numbers)

20 Jan, 2015 | Southampton | The Joiners *
21 Jan, 2015 | Bristol | The Louisiana *
23 Jan, 2015 | North Somerset | Love’s Weston
24 Jan, 2015 | Exeter| The Cavern Club
25 Jan, 2015 | Devon | Pilton Village Hall

Tour dates:


On Tour Now (with special guest Michele Stodart)

Ben is ON TOUR NOW across the UK & Ireland, with Special Guest Michele Stodart (of The Magic Numbers). Don’t miss them!

Dec 4  |  Matlock  |  The Fishpond
Dec 5 | Sheffield | Greystones

Dec 6 | Newcastle | The Mining Institute
Dec 7 | Edinburgh | Pleasance Theatre
Dec 9 | Belfast | McHugh’s
Dec 10 | Dublin | Workman’s Social Club
Dec 11 | Galway | Roisin Dubh
Dec 13 | Wakefield | The Hop
Dec 14 | Cardiff | Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 15 | London | Lexington


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Hometown show added – UK & Ireland tour December 2014

A new hometown show in Matlock, Bath has been added to Ben’s upcoming tour of the UK and Ireland! Ben will kick off on 4th December at The Fishpond in Matlock before making his way to Sheffield, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Wakefield, Cardiff, and London.

Also recently announced, Michele Stodart (of The Magic Numbers) will be supporting Ben on the tour, beginning December 5 in Sheffield!

Ben will be playing solo acoustic, treating audiences to music from his forthcoming album, Rattlebag (out in the UK & Europe via Sunday Best Recordings on December 8), as well as Shapes & Shadows and a few Gomez favorites. Book your tickets NOW!

Dec 4  |  Matlock  |  The Fishpond
Dec 5 | Sheffield | Greystones
Dec 6 | Newcastle | The Mining Institute
Dec 7 | Edinburgh | Pleasance Theatre
Dec 9 | Belfast | McHugh’s
Dec 10 | Dublin | Workman’s Social Club
Dec 11 | Galway | Roisin Dubh
Dec 13 | Wakefield | The Hop
Dec 14 | Cardiff | Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 15 | London | Lexington

Listen to RATTLEBAG, and pre-order NOW!

Guitar World is hosting a premiere of Ben’s new album, Rattlebag, for a limited time before its release. Be sure to check it out, and pre-order your copy (iTunes links at bottom of article):

From Guitar World:

“The album opens with the title track ‘Rattlebag,’ notable for a straightforward acoustic, riffy guitar intro that explodes into a full-blown rock and roll anthem. It sets the stage for an album of whispers, shouts, taps on the shoulder and slaps across the face (metaphorically of course!).

“Ottewell’s vocals are in excellent form, and the layers of piano, acoustic, electric guitar lines, organ, percussion and more are satisfyingly mixed.

“Ottewell’s mastery of the role of the guitar in his arrangements is clear here. From delicate arpeggiated riffs to full blown strums, lead lines, steel bends and more, Rattlebag is an inspired creation.”

Pre-order Now!

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (OCTOBER 24) || NORTH AMERICA (OCTOBER 27): Rattlebag is released in Australia & New Zealand October 24th through Cooking Vinyl and October 27th in North America via The End Records. Purchase here:

UK & EUROPE (DECEMBER 8): Rattlebag is released in the UK & Europe December 8th through Sunday Best Recordings. Purchase here:

December UK / IRE Tour Dates

Ben will be touring the UK and Ireland once again in December 2014!

He’ll be playing solo acoustic, treating audiences to music from his forthcoming album, Rattlebag, to be released later this year, as well as Shapes & Shadows and a few Gomez favorites. Tickets are on sale NOW!

Dec 5 | Sheffield | Greystones
Dec 6 | Newcastle | The Mining Institute
Dec 7 | Edinburgh | Pleasance Theatre
Dec 9 | Belfast | McHugh’s
Dec 10 | Dublin | Workman’s Social Club
Dec 11 | Galway | Roisin Dubh
Dec 13 | Wakefield | The Hop
Dec 14 | Cardiff | Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 15 | London | Lexington

Australia & New Zealand Concerts Kick Off October 24

A New Zealand show has been added to the recently-announced Australian tour! Ben will kick off the 12-city run on October 24 in Fremantle, AU and end on November 7 at the Tuning Fork in Auckland, NZ.

Tickets for the Auckland show are available through Ticketmaster. For more information and tickets, visit:

Tickets for the Australian shows are still available through Love Police at:


Full tour dates:

Oct 24 | Fremantle | The Odd Fellow
Oct 25 | Perth | Four5Nine
Oct 26 | Adelaide | Grace Emily
Oct 29 | Sydney | Newtown Social Club
Oct 30 | Cronulla | Brass Monkey
Oct 31 | Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge
Nov 1 | Coogee | Bunker
Nov 2 | Bulli | Heritage Hotel
Nov 3 | Newport | Substation
Nov 5 | Melbourne | Northcote Social Club
Nov 6 | Elsternwick | The Flying Saucer Club
Nov 7  |  Auckland, NZ  |  Tuning Fork

Somerset show added to end-of-summer UK dates!

Ben will be returning for a show at Loves Weston in North Somerset on Monday, September 15! Tickets are £13.50, show at 8pm. For more information and tickets:

The string of end-of-summer UK dates are as follows:

Sept 7 | Isle of Wight, UK | BESTIVAL
Sept 13 | Devon, UK | Pilton Village Hall
Sept 14 | Cornwall, UK | Little Orchard Cyder Festival
Sept 15 | North Somerset, UK | Love’s Cafe

Australian Tour Dates Announced for Oct & Nov!

Ben is headed to Australia for a run of solo shows this October / November! He’ll be hitting the road with support from LA-based singer-songwriter Buddy, who has toured with Ben across the US and UK.

The 11-show tour kicks off Friday, October 24 in Fremantle, and coincides with the Australian release date of his album Rattlebag!

Tickets from

Oct 24 | Fremantle | The Odd Fellow
Oct 25 | Perth | Four5Nine
Oct 26 | Adelaide | Grace Emily
Oct 29 | Sydney | Newtown Social Club
Oct 30 | Cronulla | Brass Monkey
Oct 31 | Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge
Nov 1 | Coogee | Bunker
Nov 2 | Bulli | Heritage Hotel
Nov 3 | Newport | Substation
Nov 5 | Melbourne | Northcote Social Club
Nov 6 | Elsternwick | The Flying Saucer Club

End-of-Summer UK Festival Dates (Solo)

Ben will be playing a couple UK end-of-summer festivals this September!

Ben is very pleased to be joining Bestival in the Isle of Wight, which takes place Sept 4-7 at Robin Hill Park. He’s also looking forward to playing in Cornwall at the Little Orchard Cyder & Music Festival, Sept 12-14 on Healey’s Cyder Farm.

Stay tuned for Ben’s set dates and times to be announced.

Bestival / Isle of Wight (Sept 4-7)

Little Orchard Cyder & Music Festival / Cornwall (Sept 12-14)

US Tour Dates Announced for May & June

Ben will be heading out with a band (Will Golden on bass and guitar, and Al Sgro on drums and keys) 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.

May 30 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues Delta Room (Tickets)
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe (Tickets)
June 1 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall (Tickets)
June 3 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge (Tickets)
June 4 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern (Tickets)
June 7 – Denver, CO – Soiled Dove (Tickets)
June 10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry (Tickets)
June 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall (Tickets)
June 12 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (Tickets)
June 13 – Detroit, MI – Shelter (Tickets)
June 14 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern (Tickets)
June 16 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom (Tickets)
June 17 – Boston, MA – Cafe 939 at Berklee (Tickets)
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy (Tickets)
June 19 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall (Tickets)
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl (Tickets)
June 22 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley (Tickets)

Rattlebag – Indiegogo Pledge Complete

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 general release, we will let you know!

Indiegogo pledges shipping

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.