Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

Ben Lee: “OMG I’m Playing Gigs Again!” Tour 2021

We’re thrilled to welcome the amazing Ben Lee for his Brunswick Picture House debut!

Ben Lee began his career as a young teenager in the early 90’s, in the Australian lo-fi punk band Noise Addict, who was discovered by taste-making artists Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys.

From his first acoustic-driven solo album “Grandpaw Would” in 1995 (featuring Liz Phair), Ben’s songs have always attempted to take his most complex and existential romantic yearnings, and compress them into sublimely catchy and melodic pop songs. This seemingly paradoxical quest has yielded some wonderful results over the years: “Cigarettes Will Kill You” from 1999’s ‘Breathing Tornados’ has become a modern Australian classic, while “Hard Drive” and “All My Life” (songs Ben wrote for Evan Dando’s existential comeback album “Baby I’m Bored”) were hailed by Bruce Springsteen as favourites of that year, and Q Magazine who called them “tender reflections on life, love and drug-induced folly set in soulful, country-tinged guitar pop.”

But it was 2005’s “Awake is the New Sleep” that saw Ben get the worldwide recognition his songs deserved spawning the alterna-hit “Catch My Disease” that went Top 10 in Spain and the Netherlands and was awarded the “Song of the Year” ARIA award as well as going Double Platinum in Australia. This album saw Ben tour all over the world with artists like Aimee Mann, Nickel Creek, Sara Bareilles and Dashboard Confessional. But it was the song “We’re All in this Together” that surely is Ben’s greatest legacy so far as a songwriter, a song that has become an anthem of sorts for a troubled world over the past year, quoted from everyone from politicians to newspapers to school children.

But all of this heavy subject matter has never dampened Ben’s playful experimentation such as his short-lived side project with Ben Folds and Ben Kweller “The Bens”, his production of the Grammy-nominated “Cho Dependent” by Margaret Cho, his job as a bandleader for the Tom Hanks produced “3 Minute Talk Show” web series, or his “Mixtape from Ben Lee” album, where he invited guest singers such as Zooey Deschanel, Neil Finn, Luke Steele and Nina Persson to sing songs he wrote especially for their voices. He has also collaborated with artists like Sarah Silverman and Lena Dunham and is currently in pre-production for an animated “psychedelic children’s musical about alcohol” called ‘B is for Beer’ that he co-created with legendary US author Tom Robbins.

Increasingly over the years, Ben has also jumped into political and social activism. He dedicated much of 2020 to campaign against the Republican administration while living in the US and putting together events such as the “Save the Senate” Online Festival featuring Rufus Wainwright, Ani DiFranco, Neko Case and Jim James.

2021 is shaping up to be another wild ride as Ben preps for the release of his forthcoming album featuring collaborations with Shamir, Christian Lee Hutson, Money Mark, Sadie Dupuis and Zooey Deschanel.

“I don’t look at life as a linear adventure,” he explains. “I very rarely know where I’m going next – I follow what I am passionate about and where I can be useful.”

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.
— Doors @ 6:30pm.
— Support act @ 7pm with intermission.
— Ben on stage @ 8pm.

INSIDE SEATING $40 (plus booking fee)
Watch the show live, seated in our venue. LIMITED CAPACITY of 150 Inside Seats.

GARDEN SEATING $20 (plus booking fee)
Watch the show from our garden, as the live show is streamed onto the outdoor screen. LIMITED CAPACITY of 50 Garden Seats.
Check out photos and find our more about Garden Seating tickets here!

HOUSEMATE SEATING — Housemates discounts are available for this event! Please note that in order to purchase Housemate tickets, you must have a valid paid Housemate membership and will need to provide your Housemate membership number upon checkout. For information on Housemates, click here!

Please note that tickets for this event are strictly limited to 150 patrons INSIDE per session and 50 patrons outside in the GARDEN per session. This event will be run in accordance with COVID-safe and social distancing guidelines, to ensure the health and well-being of our patrons, our staff and our performers. If guidelines allow, further tickets may be released at a later date.

VENUE INFORMATION: Please note the Brunswick Picture House is located in Brunswick Heads NSW, in the Northern Rivers region (NOT in Brunswick VIC). Please select your tickets carefully as no refund or credit will be granted for errors in identifying the venue location.