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Upcoming shows: Mr Ben & The Bens... Heartless Bastards... Alice Boman... Skinny Lister... Brown Brogues... Jesca Hoop... Old Sea Brigade... Rachael Dadd... The Happy Soul... James Yorkston & Nina Persson... Stars... Siv Jakobsen... Weyes Blood... Jesse Malin + Tommy Stinson... Coruja Jones... Rozi Plain... Sweet Baboo... Kerala Dust... Sophie Jamieson... Will Sheff / Okkervil River... SLUG... Beans on Toast... Honey Harper... The Dream Syndicate... Rachel Baiman... Anna B Savage... Joshua Burnside... His Lordship... Unthank : Smith... Ailbhe Reddy... Neil Cowley... Eric Bibb... The Beths... The Burning Hell...

When: 7pm on Friday 28 January 2022
Where: The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE

PLEASE NOTE: This show is sadly cancelled. Please contact your ticket vendor for a refund, and watch this space for news of future Brendan Benson dates in Manchester. Here’s a note from Brendan’s team:

‘Due to the uncertainty of international travel and ongoing global situation, the Feb 2022 Brendan Benson tour will not be possible. Brendan is working on new material and looks forward to coming back on the next album tour. Stay Tuned.’

We’re excited to be working with Brendan Benson for the first time!

‘There’s something about this record,’ Brendan Benson says, describing his Third Man Records debut album Dear Life. ‘A friend of mine called it “life-affirming”. I thought it was a joke at first but then realised, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that’s what’s going on with me.’

Benson finds himself in an enviable spot as he enters the third decade of a remarkably creative, consistently idiosyncratic career – an accomplished frontman, musician, songwriter, producer, band member, husband and dad. Benson’s seventh solo album, and first new LP in almost seven years, Dear Life is this consummate polymath’s most inventive and upbeat work thus far, an 11-track song cycle about life, love, family, fatherhood, and the pure joy of making music.

Produced and almost entirely performed by Benson at his own Readymade Studio in Nashville, the album sees the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist – and co-founder, with Jack White, of The Raconteurs – revelling in a more modernist approach than ever before, fuelled by a heady brew of cannabis, hip-hop and a newly discovered interest in software drum programming. The result is an untapped playfulness that elevates expertly crafted songs like the opener, I Can If You Want Me To, and the first single, Good To Be Alive, with voluble arrangements, elastic grooves and incandescent power. Imbued with revitalised ambition and confidence, Dear Life is Brendan Benson at his very best.

This is a 14+ show. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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