Independent Venue Week: Boudica Presents Brooke Bentham
Thursday 01 February 2018 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
“Brooke Bentham might be the Angel (Olsen) of the North (Shields)” Loud & Quiet
“Brooke Bentham is awesome” Phil Taggart, BBC R1
“Brooke Bentham is fast becoming one of the UK’s brightest songwriting talents” Notion Magazine
“This sounds incredible” Huw Stephens, BBC R1
“Something very special is going on here, a UK talent that seems poised to break through into the mainstream” Press Play OK
“Brooke Bentham is bewitching” DIY
“Formidable” Line of Best Fit
For fans of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten.
Brooke possesses the epic alt rock journeying of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. That all this is the fruits of a 21-year-old from South Shields outside of Sunderland might take you by surprise. It carries the weight of someone who’s lived a hundred lives already.
A huge fan of Yo La Tengo, Fleet Foxes, Kevin Morby and Bon Iver, she continued to mine her own creative voice to try and develop something similarly ground-breaking. Eventually her first taste of success – a song called ‘Oliver’ – was a turn in the road. That tune brought her the sonic direction she was working towards. Her first proper show was at local legendary rock venue The Cluny back in Newcastle. By chance, the sound guy that night also did sound for successful performer James Bay and a connection sparked with Communion, the label part-owned by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.’This night though belonged to Brooke. Many had walked past hoping to grab a last minute ticket and people were sneakily fighting over the ‘best view’ as she and her band, which she formed while in London, took to their places whilst an air of silent anticipation filled the venue. Brooke is an endearing character. The fact that this night was dubbed as her official EP launch and that she actually forgot to bring her EPs to sell made her more so.
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