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Ben Howard Announces Fifth Album 'Is It?', Shares New Single Couldn't Make It Up

Friday, 21 April 2023 Written by Jon Stickler

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Ben Howard has announced his fifth studio album.

The follow-up to 2021's 'Collections From The Whiteout' is called 'Is It?' and will arrive on June 16 via Island Records. It was recorded in summer 2022 during a 10-day period at the Le Manoir de Léon studios in the South of France.

Alongside the news, the singer-songwriter has shared the record's lead single and opening track, Couldn’t Make It Up, produced by Bullionan. The summery yet emotional offering emerged after Howard experienced two mini strokes (Transient Ischemic Attacks) in his garden last year, which left him unable to think and speak clearly for almost an hour. He commented:

"It was out of the blue. It was a confusing time. I found it impossible not to dwell on the absurdity of it, that with one tiny clot, one can lose all faculties. It really ate into the writing of the record."

Howard will hit the road for an extensive UK and European tour this summer, kicking off in Madrid on May 18 and wrapping up with a concert at Cardiff Castle on July 23. He has also announced a new date at London's Royal Albert Hall for June 1, with tickets on general sale at 10am on April 28. 

His live schedule also includes appearances at various festivals, including Boardmasters and Victorious in August.

Ben Howard Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu May 18 2023 - MADRID La Riviera (Spain)
Fri May 19 2023 - BILBAO Santana 27 (Spain)
Sat May 20 2023 - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Palacio de Congresos (Ireland)
Mon May 22 2023 - LISBON Coliseu Lisboa (Portugal)
Tue May 23 2023 - PORTO Coliseu Porto (Portugal)
Thu May 25 2023 - BARCELONA Razzmatazz (Spain)
Fri May 26 2023 - BORDEAUX Le Rocher De Palmer (France)
Mon June 19 2023 - AMSTERDAM Carre Theatre (Netherlands)
Tue June 20 2023 - AMSTERDAM Carre Theatre (Netherlands)
Sun July 02 2023 - BEUNINGEN Down the Rabbit Hole (Netherlands)
Tue July 04 2023 - PARIS Philarmonie de Paris (France)
Thu July 06 2023 - VIENNA Arena Wien (Austria)
Fri July 07 2023 - TRENUÍN Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
Sun July 09 2023 - SESTO AL REGHENA Sexto Nplugged (Italy)
Tue July 11 2023 - PRAGUE Zlute Lazne (Czech Republic)
Wed July 12 2023 - WARSAW Progresja Summer Stage (Poland)
Fri July 14 2023 - BERLIN Zitadelle (Germany)
Sat July 15 2023 - HAMBURG Stadtpark (Germany)
Mon July 17 2023 - MUNICH Tonhalle (Germany)
Tue July 18 2023 - ZURICH XTra (Switzerland)

Thu June 01 2023 - LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Thu June 15 2023 - DUBLIN Fairview Park
Sat July 01 2023 - BERKSHIRE Wasing Estate
Fri July 21 2023 - GLASGOW SWG3 Galvanizers Yard
Sat July 22 2023 - LONDON Alexandra Palace Park
Sun July 23 2023 - CARDIFF Cardiff Castle

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