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BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH Announces New Single 'Shine' & London Shepherds Bush Empire Gig in 2012

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

To release new single on November 7th
‘Shine’

Following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album 'Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm' Benjamin Francis Leftwich prepares to release his third single ‘Shine’ on November 7th.

'Shine' is available to listen to on SoundCloud - 


Delicate yet upbeat, ‘Shine’ perfectly balances Ben’s subtle guitar with his soft and unique voice. With layered hand-claps combining with aching harmonies, this is three minutes of pure positive elegance, further proving that the excitement surrounding Ben as one of the most compelling new prospects of the year is justified. 

The single follows in the wake of the acclaim that has been building since the release of his 2010 EP 'A Million Miles Out'. Ben’s debut album 'Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm' was recently Album of the Week on Radio 1 and XFM as well as Album of the Day on BBC 6 Music. His debut single 'Box Of Stones' was also awarded the coveted Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World, adding to a list of honours including multiple Radio 1 Record Of The Weeks and a Maida Vale session with Fleet Foxes. Ben’s cover of Arcade Fire’s 'Rebellion' from the Dermot O’Leary Sessions for Radio 2 has been downloaded over 45,000 times, with 'Atlas Hands' from the 'Million Miles Out' EP being chosen as one of Jo Whiley’s tracks of 2010.

Following on from a summer of festival-storming sets, Ben is currently embarking on a huge October tour that will see him perform at 28 venues across the country with his first show kicking off in Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on September 30th. The tour will head to the capital on October 26th where Ben will perform a sold-out show at Islington’s legendary Union Chapel, before coming to a close in Belfast on November 3rd.

Ben follows his Autumn UK tour by announcing a new London show for 2012, which takes place at Shepherd's Bush Empire on February 22nd; a huge step up from his sold-out Union Chapel show this October.

SEPTEMBER
30 - Stockton, The Georgian Theatre 

OCTOBER
01 - Sheffield, Leadmill 
02 - Lincoln, Tokyo
03 - Norwich, Arts Centre
04 - Nottingham, Glee Club
05 - Hull, Adelphi
07 - Newcastle, Riverside
08 - Aberdeen, The Tunnels
09 - Glasgow, Oran Mor
10 - Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire
14 - Leeds, Brudenell
15 - Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
16 - Leicester, Musician
17 - Cambridge, University - ARU
18 - Oxford, O2 Academy2
20 - Bristol , Fleece
21 - Exeter, The Cavern
22 - Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre - SWN
23 - Southampton, Talking Heads
24 - Brighton, Komedia studio room
26 - London, Union Chapel
27 - Birmingham, Library
28 - Preston, 53 Degrees
29 - York, National Centre For Early Music
30 - Lancaster, Library

NOVEMBER
01 - Liverpool, Mojo - Music Week
02 - Dublin, Sugar Club
03 - Belfast, Stiff Kitten

FEBRUARY 2012
22 - London, O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire

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