Merry Monday! If you’re new to this blog then welcome! Every Monday there’s a brand new blog post, sharing my musical activities for the week, first announcements of shows, videos, and some photography! If you’ve been here before, then welcome back! There’s been a few updates to the site over the last few weeks, with new page headers, and a general polishing of the site! My main goal was to have a great home for my music, and everything else that I do. It’s somewhere to spend some time and get involved! As exciting as that all is, I’m sure you came to read about the music, so back to the musical talk.. On Thursday I returned to The Cove in Bangor, a brilliant new Coffee & Rum Shack in Bangor, with brilliant decor, neon lighting & a great selection of Food & Drink, perfect for a lovely evening out! I had a great time playing there again, the acoustics are amazing, and is always great to see some brand new faces, and introduce them to my music! My next show is at Old Colwyn Christmas Fair on December 16th, a great way to get in to the Christmas Spirit, spend time with friends and get merry! I’ll be playing a load of brand new songs, so be sure to come out and have a listen! On Tuesday I will be going back into the studio with Paul DeMarco, polishing off the new tracks and getting a single ready to go! It’s been such a brilliant experience so far working on this project, really pushing the boundaries of anything we have created together before, and finding the right direction to put these new ideas across! It’s been a great thing working completely under the radar, in complete secrecy focusing on nothing other than the brand new music! As it is the 10th Of December, Christmas is obviously on all our minds, and of course what we have to look forward to in the new year! 2019 is going to be a year of a lot of new music from me, tonnes of new shows In brand new places, and hopefully introducing some new people to my music. The whole journey of Lost Like Alice has been incredible so far, and I cannot wait to see where it goes next! Through my Spotify account, I was able to see all the interactions with my music this year, and was overwhelming to see! 20 different countries, 1K Minutes, 197 Fans, and a big thank you from me! To know that my music is reaching people all over the world such a bizarre concept to get my head around, but am so grateful to everyone who has shown their support in some way! Let’s keep on growing in 2019!
Lots of exciting things to talk about this week, don’t really know where to start but let’s give it a go! Over the past few days I’ve been working hard on updating my website, making it an even better home for my music, and everything else that I do! As I’m currently booking for 2019, I made a booking page making it that much easier to arrange a show! Everything anyone might need to know can be found all in one place, so let’s get something in the calendar! After that I started working on some really cool website visuals, heading each page, making it look that much better! I love working on designs and new ideas, and am always looking for ways in which I can improve the site! Be sure to check it out, and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see on there! Back to the music, I’m returning to play at Cove Bangor on Thursday after a brilliant first show! Be sure to come out and have a listen! I’m getting closer and closer everyday to finishing and releasing new music! It’s been a while since 20 came out, and am now getting a brand new single ready! Really pushing the boundaries of what I’ve done before, and I cannot wait for you to hear it! I’ve been talking about the new Music for a while, whilst still keeping some details hidden, so it will be great to finally spill what I’ve been working on! I’m hopefully back in the studio a few more times before Christmas to get everything ready for the new project! As it’s not far from Christmas, and then the new year, it leaves me excited for all the new opportunities that present themselves. 2019 will be a big year for new Music from ‘Lost Like Alice’, and I cannot wait for you to be a part of it! Check out the poster for my upcoming show at The Cove below!
It’s been a bit of a mad week, so much fun though! It’s that time of year when you expect things to die down as you start to plan for the year ahead, but I couldn’t have been more wrong this week! Starting off on Tuesday, I went into the studio to start finishing off the new project, and it’s really getting there! So many exciting new songs to share! I started working on a brand new song, which is an annoying thing that I do, when I already have so much to finish but it’s so worth it! The rest of the week I had my annual winter cold which wasn’t the best timing, but honey and lemon does the job! On Thursday I headed up to Cove In Bangor, which is a brand new Jamaican themed bar, with Cockatils and regular live music nights! I had such a great time playing, and is always a pleasure to visit new venues! Then Yesterday (Sunday), I had a last minute gig at the Beaumaris Victorian Christmas market, outside the pier house bistro! It was such a lovely event to play, seeing everyone starting to get into the Christmas spirit, although it’s not even November yet! My next show is at Borassic in Menai Bridge, which is a really cool cocktail bar that recently opened, and I’ll be playing there on December the 2nd! Since there’s so much new music going on at the minute, so expect to hear some! After that I’ll be returning to Cove on December the 6th, and I can’t wait! I had such a great time playing there and I cannot wait to return! After that I’ll be playing my last shows of the year at Old Colwyn Christmas Fair, the perfect way to tie off such a good year! Be sure to come and have a listen, and join in the festivities!
It’s Monday again, which means there’s loads of exciting new things to tell you about! I’ve spent this week planning for 2019, and rounding off 2018 with a bang! I’ve been working really hard on getting some really exciting shows together for next year, and I can’t wait to get started with some incredible opportunities coming up! Though there’s still a glimpse left of 2018, and what a year it has been! I’ve got three gigs left this year, and couldn’t be more excited about them! It’s a brilliant time of year to come out and celebrate the amazing year it has been, listen to some live music, have some great food and drink, and have a great laugh! On November the 22nd I’ll be playing at Cove in Bangor, playing original rock, blues and the more delicate, in the perfect setting. Think cocktails and great vibes! It’s my first time playing and I cannot wait! It’s Free Entry so make sure you come down! I’m going to be playing two sets of brand new songs, some less new, and a bunch of other exciting stuff! Check out the poster below! It’s a really exciting week coming up, not just because of my show, but I’m back in the studio tomorrow polishing off some brand new songs! There’s so much I’ve been quiet about, but I cannot wait to let you in on what I’ve been up to! There’s a whole bunch of exciting new songs coming, and I cannot wait to put them out! With all this exciting music in the works, I’m planning a small tour next year in the uk, playing all types of venues, getting my songs out to new audiences. All ideas will be considered, even the really mad ones! Be sure to get in touch and we’ll get something in the calendar! I’m really excited for December, not just for Christmas, but because I’m finishing off my year of gigs, playing two days at Old Colwyn Christmas Fair! It’s an awesome event to finish off the year with and I can’t wait! The fair is on December 15th & 16th, come on down to join in the festivities! See you there!
I’ve been back creating, and putting out new video content on my YouTube Channel recently, as it was always one of my favourite ways to interact with you all. I’ve not done as much as I would of liked over the last few months, and am working towards changing that! I have put out three brand new videos in the last few weeks which are now up for you to enjoy! Starting with the Headlights Video, filmed on a snowy day in February, a live session of Twenty (When We Wake), and a short clip from my show at Dewi Sant Church a few weeks back! Have a watch below!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been really enjoying getting back into shows, working on new music, and creating some cool video content for you! It’s a bit of a crazy time for me as there’s so much going on, and I can’t wait to see what the new year has to offer! I’m actively looking to fill my calendar for next year, making it another year to remember! Food Festivals, summer festivals, cool bars, you name it and I’ll be there! Get in touch about your event, and we can make it one to remember! I’ve been busy all year with incredible opportunities, and am so grateful to everyone who’s been a part of it! I am now starting to get ready for my last two shows of the year, at Old Colwyn Christmas Fair on December 15th & 16th! There will be great food & drink in a brilliant setting! Make sure you come and help me celebrate what a year of shows it has been! Next year will be an important one, as I’m set to put out a load of exciting new music, video content, tonnes of gig dates and loads more! I’ve recently started a course with the Open University which is certainly keeping me busy, but am finding the right balance between that and my music. It’s a great time for me at the moment and am really excited about everything that’s coming up! Its a great thing to be so passionate about a project, and see how it is developing over the years. I keep growing the boundaries of what Lost Like Alice can be, and coming up with new ideas to push the project forward! I had such an overwhelming response to the Twenty EP, considering it was completely self produced on really minimal gear. I’m working on something completely different to 20, seeing where the music takes me next! It’s all really exciting! I’m looking to play at new places in 2019, possibly getting a little tour sorted when I start releasing new music! Be sure to get In touch and we will get something in the calendar!
Yeah It’s safe to say it’s been a hell of a weekend! Another weekend full of brilliant shows, great venues, and awesome crowds! On Friday I headed to Colwyn Bay to play in Dewi Sant Church for Glyn Fest! It’s been a long time since playing in a church, and you seriously cannot beat the acoustics! The sound just echoes around the room, and is such a brilliant experience whilst playing! It was a great place to try out some new music, and play to such a receptive audience! I got a bit unlucky and broke a string on only my second song, but after a short break to restring, I came back to deliver the rest of my set! These things happen and you can’t plan for it, you just need to be prepared to fix a problem quickly if one comes up! On Saturday I headed down to Manchester to play at Flour & Flagon for Oxjam Manchester, to close the acoustic stage! The event was so much fun, and for such a brilliant cause! I love being in the city, and was such a lovely event to come down for! I’ve only got two shows left this year, and hope to finish them off with a bang! I’ll be closing the stage at Colwyn Bay Christmas Market on December 14th & 15th! Be sure to come down, and join in the festivities! I’ve had such a blast this year with events, promoting the 20 EP and getting it out to you! It’s now time for a new stage of Lost Like Alice, as I get closer to bring you brand new music! It’ll be worth the wait I promise! I’ve been really working hard on getting new video content out to you this past week. I feel I’ve not put up enough recently, so want to change that! This all started with finding the long lost music video for ‘Headlights’, which was filmed in the snow back in February. It’s such a fun video, and was completely unplanned, which is something you can see in the shots! Make sure you check that out below! My cat decided to get involved in the filming, by attacking my leg and just generally not being very helpful! Speaking of video content, I uploaded a short clip from Friday nights show at Dewi Sant Church! Like I said, the acoustics are insane, so couldn’t resist getting some great content for you! It’s a clip of brand new song, so enjoy this exclusive listen! I’m working on a tonne of new music, new content, and generally just a load of exciting new things for you all!
Hey Monday people! It’s been a really busy/exciting weekend, playing my first two shows since coming back from Portugal a week ago. It’s definitely been an aggressive way to get back into shows, but was great fun! On Friday I played for around three hours in The Belle Vue in Bangor, which was a great way to warm up, and get back into the swing of things. Playing for that long took its toll on my voice, though I was still fresh and up for my gig the next day! On Saturday I headed down to play at Conwy Feast for the second time! It was such a brilliant show to do, the audience was really up for it, great atmosphere , great sound, it was just a pleasure to be able to play! I had a brilliant time playing some new songs, and having them received in such a brilliant way! I’m still recovering from the weekends antics, but am ready to have another busy one next weekend! I have two brilliant gigs next weekend, starting off with Glyn Fest on November 2nd. Glyn Fest is a brand new festival, scattered across venues in Colwyn Bay, bringing artists all over Wales, to showcase their music! I’ve not performed in Colwyn Bay for a few months so am excited to return! Then on November 3rd, I’m heading down to Manchester to play at Oxjam Manchester. I love getting the opportunities to play in the city, as it’s one of my favourite places to be. Everyone’s always up for a good laugh, and I get to visit friends and family! It’s crazy still being so busy this late in the year, but am slowly winding down after this next weekend, with my last show of the year booked in December. It’s time to start getting focused on making 2019 the biggest year for Lost Like Alice, and seeing where my music will take me. It’s been a bit hectic since I’ve got back from Holiday, getting back into gigs, trying to get recording projects finished, it’s just been really full on! It’s all great fun though! Be sure to come out to next weekends shows to catch some brand new songs! I’m currently looking for shows to play next year, be sure to get in touch! I did say in last weeks blog that I would be writing about a different show from the year every week, which I must admit, I almost forgot! I didn’t though so that’s all that matters! The show I’m going to be talking about, happened on the 25th of August this year, In Amlwch Port. I supported Gruffydd Wyn for his hometown show, to thank everyone for the support on his time on Britain’s Got Talent. It was surreal to be at such a big event, just a few minutes away from my house! I’ve spent an awful lot of time in Amlwch growing up, and was brilliant to see the community come together like they did! I love any opportunity to perform in front of a big crowd, it’s just an incredible amount of fun! It’s probably my favourite show this summer, and can’t wait to get some new exciting gigs lined up for next year!
Im back! If you read my post last week, you might have read that I was in Portugal on holiday for ten days. I made sure I had all my posts sorted before I went, so this is the first current post since I’ve been back! I got back on Friday, and had the best time! So many amazing memories! Now that I’m back, its time to get stuck in to gigs, and rehearsing my bottom off! It’s been a weird one, not playing, or having anything to with music for 10 days, but i thoroughly enjoyed the break! It’s been a few weeks since my last gig at Manchester food & Drink Festival, and I cannot wait till my next show at Conwy Feast on October 27th! It’s the second time for me playing at the festival, and I cannot wait to return! That’s not all though! Below you can find a list of all my upcoming shows! Be sure to come out to one, or two, or all! It’s been a brilliant thing to take a step back from my current recording project that I've been working on for months, and come back at it with a fresh mind, to really get some ground covered! I’ve started introducing a lot of new songs into my sets, so if you want an early listen, be sure to head down to a show! I love playing new material, as well as some of my favourites that I've written in the past. It’s a great thing to have a really mixed set, showing everything that ‘Lost Like Alice’ is about! I have already started the process of getting gigs booked in for next year, its going to be a big one! Last weeks blog post, covered three of my favourite shows that I have done so far this year! I really enjoyed writing this piece, as it allowed me to reflect on the opportunities I have had this year, and all the great audiences I have played to! This is a them I want to keep going, and will be talking about a different show from my year each week! Starting off this week, I’m going to be talking about when I played at The Eagle Inn in Salford, supporting New York band ‘Fruit & Flowers’. The gig was on May 24th, and I had the best time! I took my friend Ryan down with me to do some filming, showing what it’s like on the road, and all that goes on with gigs! It was such a fun show, I was lucky enough to have some people come specifically to see me, which is always a lovely thing! The room was absolutely tiny, which made for some incredible vibes! Everyone was so respectful, and you could hear a pin drop between songs. It always means a lot when people fully pay attention to your music, though does up the pressure slightly! You can watch the video Ryan and I made below to learn more about the show! See you next week!
Greetings and all that! While you’re reading this, I’ll be off in the sun in Portugal, probably getting badly sun burnt. I wanted to write this before my holiday so I could make sure it gets done and is a lot easier to sort out. As this is a post written in advance, I obviously can’t write about what’s going on at the minute or it’ll be the same post as last week! Instead I’m going to base it on my favourite shows this year so far, and whatever random thoughts come to mind! I started the year off playing one of my favourite shows I have ever done. I was lucky enough to play at Manchester Academy supporting Blank Cheque. I was completely shocked when I got asked to play, as it’s such a brilliant venue that’s hosted so many of my favourite artists. It was a crazy experience, being in the back stage where god knows what amazing artists have been. It was honestly a dream. It was something I really rehearsed my arse off for, as it was such a big deal. I had just put out ‘Crooked Lines’ and finished my set with it. The response to the song, and the rest of my set was so overwhelming! Definitely not something I’ll be forgetting anytime soon! Another really memorable show was in the summer, when I travelled down to Lancashire to play at Down By The Riverside! A magical little festival in such a beautiful setting! My stage was set up In front of this really cool caravan inside a tent. I know that sounds a little odd but check out the photo above, it was really awesome! I was worried before I started, as at festivals there is so much going on at one time, you can’t guarantee you’ll have a good audience. Thankfully a swarm of people turned up to listen! Festivals are always great fun as everyone’s in a great mood, meaning great audience interaction! I love communicating with new people who’ve never heard my music before, you never know what’s going to happen. One of the funniest example of this was at a show I did in Kimnel Bay, where I was asking the audience for name suggestions of a new song, and one response I got was “ call it song face”. You never know what’s going to happen and it’s such great fun! The last one I’ll mention is actually two gigs. Back in May I went to Colwyn Bay to play at Prom Xtra, a brilliant community event on the Colwyn Bay sea front. Filled with fair ground rides, food stalls, and thousands of happy people out on the beach! It was such a fun set, I felt so relaxed with the crowd and I believe was holding up my hair trying to look like Elvis at one point. This was such a fun day, as after my set I headed straight to Wrexham to play at Focus Wales for the first time! It’s a festival I’d wanted to be a part of for years, and was honoured to be invited. During the festival, Wrexham becomes this brilliant community of musicians, industry people, and music lovers! My set was at the Royal Oak, and I had a blast! There was a woman who brought along a maraca and started joining in on my set! I love things like this, it’s awesome to be able to play music with complete strangers, and have them enjoy what I do!
Happy Monday! As I’m writing this, it is currently Friday, and I am getting ready for a holiday to Portugal on Tuesday. I wanted to get all my blog posts covered for when I’m away so that I don't have to worry about sorting it whilst over there. It’s been such a busy year, so full on with gigs, and I cannot wait to have ten days of just chilling. I’ve spent most of the year recording, and working on new projects, that I’m hoping to complete once I’m back. It feels like forever since i put out 20, and want to get a brand new exciting set of songs for you dive into really soon! As summers now officially over, Im looking forward to the winter season, and have some really exciting gig opportunities that I’ll share with you very soon! My next show is Gwledd Conwy Feast on October 27th, followed by Glyn Fest on November 2nd & Oxjam Manchester on November 3rd. It may be slightly colder, but there’s still tonnes of exciting things happening! I’ve recently started adding a bunch of new songs to my set, so be sure to come out and have a listen! My next priority is to get a brand new single out over the next few months! It’s such a huge shift from anything I’ve ever done before, and am really excited to share it with you! Expect huge sounds, crazy production, and a whole new set of exciting songs! I’m in the process of planning for next year now, and want to be ridiculously busy with shows all year! It’s been such a solid year of gigs that I just want to top it next year! Any events you might have, be sure to get in touch and we can work something out! I’ve been loving playing at food festivals recently, and want to do a lot more of that next year! It’s just such a fun event to go to! Great food, great beer, great times! I’m starting the year off with a bang, as I am in talks of doing an international show to start the year off! I will shed light on this closer to the time, but its all crazy exciting! I’ll be back from my holiday on the 19th, in full swing with gigs, recording, and getting fully stuck in! It’s always good to have a break, I’ve worked so hard all year, that it'll be nice to just take a breather, reflect on the year thats been, and what’s yet to come! I’m going to be going more in depth again on my blog starting in November, that was the main plan for the ’20 Weeks of Lost Like Alice’ but there has been so much going on I had to fill you in on. If there’s any specific things you’d like to know more about, feel free to get in touch!
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Of the EP, Ben says:
'20' is a combination of impactful stories from my life, leading up to who I am as person. It's me in a room, channelling my ideas, my thoughts and feelings, into a collection of songs that I'm incredibly proud of. The EP was completely self produced, and was such a refreshing experience.