Mr Ben & The Bens

The Louisiana, Bristol, GB
Friday, 29 March 2024
£8 + BF
16+ (under 18s to be accompanied by a responsible adult)
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Velvet Echoes presents: Mr Ben & The Bens @ The Louisiana Bristol

Mr Ben & The Bens live at The Louisiana, Bristol. Friday, 29th March 2024

What promises to be electrifying evening of live music at the Louisiana, Bristol.

Velvet Echoes proudly presents a spellbinding performance by Mr Ben and the Bens, accompanied by the infectious Garage Rock groovers Savage Mansion at the iconic Louisiana.

Join us for a night filled with captivating melodies and energetic beats, making this gig a must-see.


Cult DIY outfit and BBC 6 music favourites Mr Ben & the Bens return in 2024 with a brand new 10 track LP Small Wide World via Bingo Records.

After years of steadily touring the back and even-further-back of beyond in the UK, as well as some of the island’s most beloved venues, Ben found himself taking a well-earned hiatus during 2023. Hibernating in his Sheffield studio in an old pewter factory, and in between working as a full-time potter come illustrator, he penned a set of contemplative songs which would later become the new album.

From the ‘Village Green’ era Kinks-style ‘Poor, Poor Me’ to the motoric ‘Listening Party’, Small Wide World combines tried-and-tested methods with sonic departures for the band. Recorded in Tesla Studios and produced by David Glover the new album inhabits a world of vintage drums machines, shimmering acoustics and wiry synthesisers.

Lyrically, kitchen sink realism winds its way around a set of songs jam packed with melancholic melody. ‘So long Sympathy’ speaks of fragile ego and our means of combatting this, and ‘Penny Drop’ of the loudest voice in the room disarmed by a junior colleague. Ben aims to disarm hostility in both society and the self with sensitive, personal sentiment.

With a limited edition vinyl and UK tour in the works for late March this year, Mr Ben & the Bens looks set to take on their ‘Small Wide World’ once again.


Formed as a vehicle for the effervescent, speak-sung, slice-of-life songs of guitarist and vocalist Craig Angus, Savage Mansion features long-standing members Andrew Macpherson (guitars), Jamie Dubber (bass) and Lewis Orr (drums and percussion) plus newest member Adam Forbes (keys).

One of Lost Map’s most prolific bands, they released their debut album Revision Ballads on the label in 2019 (★★★★ – The Skinny), swiftly followed by 2020’s Weird Country (★★★★ – The Scotsman) and 2022’s Golden Mountain, Here I Come (★★★★ – The Scotsman).

Savage Mansion have toured the UK, both as headliner and as support for artists including Pictish Trail and We Were Promised Jetpacks, and played at festivals including Electric Fields, Estrella Galicia Monkey Week in Sevilla, Tenement Trail and Lost Map’s Howlin’ Fling.

Show starts at 8:00pm.

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