Ben Watt

Georgian Theatre, Stockton.

Ben Watt

Former EBTG member and highly respected solo artist Ben Watt makes debut appearance at Stockton's Georgian Theatre

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Ben Watt firs appeared in London in 1981 as a young nineteen-year-old
experimental songwriter-singer-guitarist. 1982’s 5-track EP Summer into Winter
featured Robert Wyatt. His early work culminated in his sparse atmospheric debut
album North Marine Drive (1983, UK Independent Album Chart, No 9).


In 1983 he put solo plans on hold to perform and write full-time with Tracey Thorn in
their recently-formed duo Everything But The Girl. The band stayed active until 2000,
delivering twelve UK Top 40 singles, two platinum and seven gold UK Top 20 albums
and one gold US album. 1995’s global hit Missing reached No. 2 on the US Billboard
Top 100. The 1994 album Amplified Heart and the 1996 album Walking Wounded -
for which Watt was nominated as Best Producer at the Q Awards - each sold over a
million copies.


The duo’s career was dramatically interrupted for a year in 1992 by Watt’s drawn-
out hospitalisation and near-death experience with a rare auto-immune disease
Churg-Strauss Syndrome (aka EGPA) with which he now still lives - a period
documented in his acclaimed 1996 memoir, Patient (New York Times Notable Book
of the Year; shortlisted for the Esquire Non-Fiction Award; Sunday Times Book of the


Everything But The Girl quit on a high in 2000. Watt moved out of the mainstream
into record production (Beth Orton), remixing (inc Sade, Maxwell, Meshell
Ndegeocello), DJing and clubland. He co-launched the influential London day-night
Sunday party and compilation series Lazy Dog (1998-2003) and was creative director,
resident DJ and part-owner at west London night clubs Cherry Jam and
Neighbourhood (2001-2003) before starting his own award-winning electronic
record label and club night Buzzin' Fly in 2003. He was nominated for Outstanding
Contribution to Dance Music at the DJ Magazine Best of British Awards 2009, and as
Best Deep House DJ four years running (2008-2011) at the global DJ Awards. He was
a resident DJ on BBC 6Music’s flagship electronic music show 6Mix from 2011-2014.

In 2013 he put Buzzin' Fly and his DJ career on hold and returned to his earliest roots
in singer-songwriting to record 2014’s award-winning solo album, Hendra - his first
for thirty-one years - released on his new imprint Unmade Road, through Caroline
International. The same year Bloomsbury published his second memoir, Romany and
Tom - a searing but tender portrait of his parents’ marriage - nominated for the UK's
highly prestigious Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize 2014 (now the Baillie Gifford

 His third solo album Fever Dream followed in 2016. Uncut posted a lengthy 9/10
review. The Guardian commented: ‘In his early fifties, he is making some of the best
music of his career.’

 2019 saw the recording of a new solo album, Storm Damage, for release on Unmade
Road through Caroline International in January 2020.

He lives in North London with wife, Tracey Thorn. They married in 2008 and have
three children - twin girls, Jean and Alfie born 1998; and a son Blake born 2001.


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