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Upcoming shows: Pokey LaFarge... Giant Sand... Melanie Baker... Sophie Hutchings... Jerron Paxton... Ghostly Kisses... Sounds From The Other City 2024... Francis of Delirium... The Buffalo Skinners... The Handsome Family... Robbie Cavanagh... Memorial... His Lordship... Florry... Bad Bad Hats... Dana Gavanski... Caoilfhionn Rose... The Lovely Eggs... James Yorkston... Rain Parade... Matthew and the Atlas... Gratis: Makushin... Lightheaded + Mt. Misery... Jake Xerxes Fussell... Andrew Wasylyk & Tommy Perman... Charlie Parr... Mock Tudors... Ryley Walker... Terry Reid... Kris Drever... Erland Cooper... Skinny Lister...

When: 7.30pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022
Where: YES Basement, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB

We’re excited to be bringing Mr Ben & The Bens back to Manchester – this time, to YES!

Ten years of work. Twenty releases released. Thirty million pounds banked. It’s a year for irrelevant milestones for Mr Ben & the Bens, as they return with a new album, which is just over forty minutes long.

On Good Day for Drying Ben airs out songs that have dwelt in his head for a while. Songs that have been waiting for a day when they can be put out there, on show, and left subject to the volatile weather of public opinion.

The album came together quickly, once Ben was no longer bound by finickity schedules, contractual obligations, and the unflinching demands of department store stock-buyers hungry for ceramics to flog to the kind of people who use digital platforms to scream ‘SHOP LOCAL’ but cross the road to avoid homeless people.

Having been written some time ago, many of these songs were test-driven during solo gigs throughout Sheffield in the first half of 2022. A week in the Tesla Studios in Meersbrook with Glover and Good Day for Drying was complete.

Local support comes from Juice Pops. Juice Pops are a Manchester based four-piece who play intricate and melodic indie-pop songs with a touch of psychedelia. They have been compared to The Shins, Jeff Buckley and the Beach Boys. Powered by songwriting couple Mike Edwards and Hannah Wheedon, supported by bassist Greg Chiche, the group released their debut EP, Juice Pops, in 2021 promoting it at gigs across Manchester, Hull, York and Sheffield. In 2022 they were joined on drums by Louis Garbutt, continuing to tour the EP and new material in Bristol and London before settling down for a summer of recording new music, with releases expected early 2023.

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