Interview: Ben Haenow


Ben Haenow embarks on a headline acoustic tour this spring. Two albums in he has redefined his musical style, parting ways with Simon Cowell’s label and making big plans for 2019. Emily Rose Jackson interviewed Ben to discuss these new endeavours…

You are embarking on a Headline UK tour this spring, what can your fans expect?

Well it’s my fourth tour so I wanted to change things up a little. This time, we’re going to be stripping things back and going acoustic. I wanted to play some of the more intimate venues to get up close with people and give the fans a different experience to the full band stuff I’ve done previously. Me and my brother (guitarist) have been working out some nicer arrangements of the songs so it should be a different, more chilled out experience to the other shows I’ve played.


What made you choose to make the forthcoming tour acoustic?

As a musician, it’s nice to be able to take your songs and see how they sound with a different angle. We have done some of the songs acoustically before and had good reactions from the fans. I’ve been really keen to do something stripped back with the new songs and thought it would be cool to see what people think in more intimate settings. It’s a real different vibe but I’m really looking forward to it.


Your latest album ‘Alive’ dropped last May, what were your biggest inspirations for the album? Are you looking forward to playing it live for fans? ‬

We toured last year as a band with the new album and mixed some of the old stuff in too. The inspiration for ‘Alive’ came from my journey through The X Factor and the highs and lows of life after so it was more autobiographical than the first album was. The feedback and fan reaction to the new material has been great so I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of the acoustic versions too.


You have played Newcastle before, are you looking forward to returning to the city and hoping to explore?

Newcastle is definitely one of my favourite places in the UK. It’s a very lively place, the people are really cool and friendly. We generally get quite a rowdy crowd at the shows there and the audiences bring a great energy! It’s also an amazing place to go out on the town. I’m hoping to have a night out when we are there!

What are your plans and hopes for the rest of 2019?

I’m writing a lot of new material at the moment with some great producers and incredible songwriters so looking to maybe release something new towards the end of the year. I love playing live so I really can’t wait to get out on the road and tour this April! And generally just getting out there and playing live at festivals and venues all over!


Ben plays Newcastle’s Think Tank? on Wednesday 24th April, get tickets now while you still can!



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