Win Tickets To Benjamin Clementine At The Olympia Theatre
2015 Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine has announced a headline performance at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 30 May 2016.
At Least For Now, the critically acclaimed debut album by 26 year-old singer/songwriter, has won the Mercury Music Prize 2015 ‘Album of the Year’, the judging panel describing Clementine as ‘a remarkable new pianist and singer – dramatic, intimate and pulsatingly original’.
We are giving away two pairs of tickets to Benjamin Clementine at the Olympia Theatre.
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The album has led to Clementine selling out five headline shows in London, including most recently David Bryne’s Meltdown Festival, and radio support from the likes of Julie Adenuga, Lauren Laverne, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens. Overseas, Clementine has received “Best New Act” honours at Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammys, alongside sold-out shows across Europe and the US.
Clementine has packed a lot into his 26 years: heartbreak, homelessness, reinvention, before reaching cult status in Paris and returning home in unlikely circumstances to make his UK live debut on Later…With Jools Holland. Raised in London’s Edmonton, his household was a strictly religious one, where children were barred from the living room unless it was a weekend dinner. When Benjamin started to teach himself the keyboard aged 11, he stumbled upon classical radio rather than contemporary pop; a sparse piano solo by Erik Satie in particular transformed the way he played. At 16 years old, in a rare moment of permitted TV watching, he caught New York avant-gardists Antony and the Johnsons performing the disarmingly naked ‘Hope There’s Someone’ on the BBC. ‘I was confused, scared…it was another world,’ says Clementine. Further inspired by figures like Leonard Cohen and Jake Thackray – and with no emotional or employment ties to keep him in London – Benjamin absconded to Paris aged 20; sleeping rough, working in kitchens and busking out of economic necessity. This tale of two cities is enshrined in the album’s key themes and artwork: blue for France and red for the UK, with Clementine caught in his ‘box of stone’ (a lyric from breakout track ‘Cornerstone’).