Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012, Ben Howard
24 Jun 2012
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In New Music We Trust Stage
Swapping surf for turf, Ben Howard is bringing his much loved laid-back and rootsy rock to the depths of Hackney.
Ben moved from London to Devon as a teenager and soon discovered a love of the sea, which along with inspiration from folk legends Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake, led to an acoustic sound enthusiastically embraced by the surfing community. The buzz around his lilting harmonies, jazz-inspired percussion and sombre lyrics quickly travelled further afield and led to sold out dates across Europe plus labels - including the genre-defining Communion Records - knocking on his door. First album Every Kingdom was released in late 2011 to much acclaim and now America is beckoning, with appearances at Bonnaroo and SXSW confirmed.
Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton are big fans, showcasing Ben in session at Maida Vale and on the Student Tour, with every performance adding thousands to his number of devoted followers. The Marshes will be transformed in to a melodious paradise as he fulfils high expectations this summer.
- Old Pine
- Only Love
- Black Flies
- The Fear
- The Wolves