Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine to play North East gig

Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine will perform at The Sage Gateshead next week.
Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine will perform at The Sage Gateshead next week.
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Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine is heading for the North East next week.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter won the prestigious prize last week for his critically acclaimed debut album At Least For Now.

Sunderland-born BBC 6 Music presenter Lauren Laverne announced the accolade at the awards ceremony at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House in London.

The album has led to Clementine selling out six headline shows in London, including David Bryne’s Meltdown Festival and a forthcoming headline date at St John at Hackney on December 7.

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.

He 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.

Clementine will play at The Sage 2 in Gateshead on Wednesday, December 2.

Tickets, priced £16 and £17, are still available from 443 4661, or online HERE, but are expected to sell out fast.

A new single, Cornerstone, is being released to coincide with the December tour dates.