Ben Dlugokecki
Live / Record Signing

It’s not often you turn up at 6pm and squeeze yourself between shelves full of DVDs to watch a band, but for a special occasion you don’t mind hanging out with the likes of ‘Time Bandits’, or ‘A Life Less Ordinary’ (both selling at £5 by the way), and the Mayor of Southampton, who is present to witness the event. This really was a bit special.

However, tonight needed no dignitaries or officials to be special, as Ben Dlugokecki was signing his record deal with AND Records and playing a brief acoustic set to celebrate. The sparse set-up in the corner of the store was a perfect opportunity to really hear what Ben’s voice can do and the song selection, while small, was a perfectly formed combination of new tracks and solid favourites, such as ‘Set in Stone’.

We grabbed Ben for a couple of minutes after the show for a quick probe:

It’s been quite emotional, it’s strange talking to people with the album playing in the background – I can hear myself twice.

With the recording contract all signed, Ben’s new album is set for release in July or August this year.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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