April 2020

MELBOURNE, NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB (NEW DATE TBA)
SYDNEY, THE VANGUARD (NEW DATE TBA)

BEN WATT – STORM DAMAGE 2020

IMPORTANT INFOMATION:

Ben Watt’s Australia tour is officially postponed. 

Agents, promoters and venues are all scrambling to deal with the fallout from the crisis. As it stands, no new dates have yet been confirmed (although information is expected soon). Ben’s upcoming European shows have also been postponed with tentative rescheduling for November, and the tours of North America, Japan and Australia are officially being put back, possibly until early 2021. 

We will keep you informed as soon as we know. Hold on to any ticket for now until the new schedule is made public. As you can imagine there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes right now and new dates will be announced as soon as possible.

​Please follow Ben on social media and check his website for announcements too.

 

Ben Watt’s breakthrough 1982 5-track EP Summer into Winter featured Robert Wyatt on piano and backing vocals and his sparse atmospheric 1983 debut album “North Marine Drive” reached #9 in the UK Indie Album Chart featuring solos from British alto sax giant, Peter King.

 

“The gentle mesh of flowing melody, woven instrumentation and mood of hard-earned contemplation adds up to something quite profound.” The Telegraph

 

In 1983 Ben put his solo plans on hold to perform and write full-time with Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl. The duo delivered 12 UK Top 40 singles including “Missing” and “Wrong”, and nine studio albums including the Top 10 “Walking Wounded” and “Temperamental”.

 

With Everything But The Girl going out at the peak of their popularity Ben moved into record production, DJing, and Clubland. He launched award-winning label Buzzin’ Flyin 2003, toured internationally as a DJ (including Coachella and Australia’s Good Vibrations), and was nominated for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music’ at the DJ Mag awards. Watt is also a celebrated author, having written to award nominated books. In 2014, Ben travelled to Australia to present his memoir Romany and Tom (Bloomsbury) at the prestigious Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

“Jazzy, bluesy, slightly overdriven, passionate and poetic … Watt has worn many hats but these songs fit him like a glove.” The Washington Post

 

In 2014 Ben Watt returned as a singer-songwriter for his award-winning album, “Hendra”, and again in 2016 for the ecstatically reviewed “Fever Dream”, which earned comparisons to Tim Buckley, John Martyn, Jackson Browne and David Crosby. Each featured Bernard Butler (ex-Suede) on lead guitar.

 

“In his early fifties, Ben Watt is making some of the best music of his career.” The Guardian

 

Now in 2020 Ben presents his new album “Storm Damage”. Sonically adventurous, lyrically detailed and engaged, it is a personal journey through anxiety and change cut through with an insistent defiance.

 

Join Ben and his band in celebration with a night of beautiful music, evocative lyricism and exceptional song-craftsmanship.

 

“…intimate, sophisticated pop…  subtle guitar elegance and detailed lyrical explorations… always with a subtlety that matches the music’s slanted beauty.” Rolling Stone

 

Ben Watt photo credit:  Rob Blackham