North London newcomer Benjamin Clementine has announced three UK dates in April in advance of his headline show at London's Koko on Thursday May 15. Clementine will play Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music on Friday, April 4, Birmingham's Glee Club on Sunday, April 6 and Bristol's Colson Hall onWednesday, April 9. These will be Clementine's first headline shows outside London. The news follows Clementine's striking television debut on BBC2's Later. with Jools Holland in October last year and two acclaimed sold-out shows at London's Purcell Rooms in early December, earning Clementine a 5 star Evening Standard live review. Clementine's debut EP 'Cornerstone' was released in the UK in January, 2014.
Aged 26, Clementine left Edmonton - long rated one of the most deprived, crime ridden areas of London - for Paris aged just 20; there had been trouble with a flat-mate, a broken relationship, and an overwhelming urge to get away. When his money ran out, he started sleeping rough and then busking inside the Metro at Place de Clichy station.
From there, what was born out of a need to survive, became a calling for Clementine and an experience for the thousands of Parisian commuters that saw him perform daily for nearly two years, building his voice and refining his craft, as he made enough money to move first to a hostel and then into a room of his own.
Friday, April 4 Manchester Royal Northern College of Music
Sunday, April 6 Birmingham Glee Club
Wednesday, April 9 Bristol Colson Hall
8-10 May Brighton The Great Escape Festival
Thursday, May 15 London Koko