York-based singer songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich shares his tour diary with The 405; performing in old haunts and new spaces from Inverness to London and everywhere in between.

Falmouth, 4th October

Walking on stage in Falmouth. I love being by the sea. This was our first ever gig in Falmouth and the Princess Pavilion was a beautiful venue to welcome us.

Edinburgh, 10th October

The Pleasance Theatre is an independent venue in the heart of Edinburgh. We decided to do 4 shows in Scotland on this run and i'm glad we did. The Scottish crowd are like no other and its always a pleasure seeing familiar faces at shows as well as new! This show was no exception. Can't wait to be back in this great city next year!

Inverness, 12th October

Just enjoying a bit of pre-show milk before the gig in Inverness! I'm wearing the t-shirt for one of our support acts for the tour, Marika Hackman. Check her out, she's incredible. Also supporting is a wonderful songwriter called Joe Janiak. Go and have a listen!

Glasgow, 13th October

October 13th we played Oran Mor in Glasgow. We travel on a sleeper bus, which means me, my crew and the two support acts all travelling together. It creates a great family feel to the tour. However it does mean we need to find facilities to wash our clothes at certain points on the tour. And this was mine in Glasgow, Majestic Laundrette in the west end. Well worth a visit if you are in the area and running low on clean socks!

Leeds Varieties Hall, 15th October

I've been touring so much this year and have played over 200 shows so being back in Yorkshire where I am from felt really special. The venue was the ornate and stunningly beautiful City Varieties in Leeds. It looks old for a reason, it's known as the longest continuous running music hall in Great Britain and has hosted some fantastic shows over the years. We were lucky enough to be one of them for this year. We don't play a lot of shows where people sit down, but we couldn't say no when the idea was brought up to play here. And i'm glad we did, it was a brilliant show and the venue was filled with a very respectful and listening audience. Leeds we will see you soon!

Sheffield, 16th October

This is our tour manager Darren making some tea on the bus in Sheffield! A morning essential for any tour. Darren is from Northern Ireland and will be coming to the US and Canada with me for my first headline tour out there. He recently got married!

Birmingham, 17th October

We arrived in Birmingham early on the morning of the 17th for a Q radio session. I really enjoy doing radio sessions in each city and always have. Meeting people who have supported my records means a lot and I am so grateful for the help they have given me over the last 2 years. This session preceded our show at The Irish Centre, the locals called it a 'DigbethDiamond and it certainly was. Wonderful evening!

Carlisle Brickyard, 22nd October

Our first time playing Carlisle and it was wonderful. It used to be called The Richmond Memorial Hall and is over 100 years old, it changed it's name in 2002. The gig was brilliant and couldn't have asked for a more responsive and respectful crowd. Can't wait to go back!

London, 25th October

I don't get to play in London as much as I would like to, so when we come it always feels special. KOKO is a great venue, not too dissimilar to Shepherd's Bush Empire where we played on our last headline run. It's a grade 2 listed building which opened on Boxing Day 1900 as The Camden Theatre. It went on to be named The music Machine in the 70's and then KOKO in 2004. The theatre style venues are wonderful to play due to the mutli-layered floors. They have a real sense of grandeur. We were a little over whelmed that the show sold out so quickly and the show itself really felt special. Can't wait to get back to London on our next UK tour.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will be performing in the following cities:

  • 29/10 - Central Station - Wrexham
  • 31/10 - Roisin Dubh - Galway
  • 01/11 - Cyprus Avenue - Cork
  • 02/11 - Whelan's - Dublin
  • 03/11 - The Limelight - Belfast