IVW: Ben Ottewell
The Boileroom, Guildford.
This event is part of Independent Venue Week (IVW) 2019.
IVW is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in their country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
This event is for over 14s only - No refunds will be issued for under 14s.
Ben Ottewell has announced the release of new album A Man Apart and new single Watcher released on 25th May, both through Sunday Best.
With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is singer/songwriter Ben Ottewell’s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics. The album’s title track focuses on populist politicians exploiting people’s hopes and fears, with Bones touching on the realisation of not being worthy of someone, and opener Own It, sees Ben reflect on his time growing up in public in Gomez. New single Watcher is the perfect introduction to the album and despite its pensive meaning, is a melodic Americana led track that builds into a memorable bluesy and soulful chorus. A video for the track will be premiering soon.
Ben Ottewell will be touring around the release of the record and live dates will be announced soon.
Soham wrote his first song at 10 years old and this was the beginning of a love for music and creative writing. As the songwriting flourished throughout the years, he would also regularly perform to close friends.
Now, a 20 year old singer-songwriter from Kings Lynn, Soham is based in Durham for university but he's still finding time to write and tour.
Making a name for himself amongst his contemporaries, Soham's been longlisted for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition 2017 (following a personal recommendation from the Editor of The Line Of Best Fit); played sets for BBC Introducing in Norfolk and the North East, and Amazing Radio; performed on BBC 1 Look East, multiple Sofar Sounds shows,SBTV, Secret Sessions, the Never Fade Sessions, numerous Oxjam Festivals, London Live, and Cambridge TV; been featured on The Unsigned Guide, and the Newcastle Chronicle; and placed third in both the Best of British - Unsigned Music Awardsand FAME Music’s ‘Stripped Back’ competition.
Headlining various festivals in the North East, as well as gaining a slot at Boardmasters Festival and playing such venues as the O2 Academy Newcastle, The UEA, The Cambridge Junction, The Sage, The Hospital Club, The Bedford, and The Groucho Club, and having recently sold out his first headline show at Empty Shop in Durham (and with a near-sold out headline Newcastle show in early 2017), Soham De is quickly making ground in the live circuit and is well and truly becoming an artist to watch.