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LIVE AT THE BEDFORD

Caffè Nero presents a musical mid week showcase of three different incredible acts, hosted at iconic music venue The Bedford.

Entry is FREE for this evening to experience some of the best live acts London can offer at a venue seeping with musical tradition, and as such the night is expected to get busy – get in and get seats early to avoid disappointment!

BEN WICKINS


Inspired by David Bowie and Prince, 23 year old Ben is a rock and R&B shape-shifter whose dark and heavy music is blowing away crowds at London’s hottest live venues. His lyrics, which tell vivid stories, are set against huge guitar riffs and often delivered in his unmistakable, powerful falsetto. The music is cinematic, raw and emotional.

In his own words: “I love creating other worlds with my songs. I want to take people to places they’ve never been before.”

Son of celebrated British jazz musician Dave Wickins, Ben was surrounded by music from an early age. He was writing songs and creating albums on a 4-track recorder by age 12, earning him a place at the BRIT School (Adele, Amy Winehouse). Since graduating Ben has gigged extensively both at home and in Europe and released his debut EP Maybe Later, Maybe Never with a sold-out launch at London’s famous Troubadour.
Ben is currently writing and recording material for his debut album and dreaming of taking his dramatic and thrilling live show to audiences around the world.

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RICHARD JAMES


If you like artists such as George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Jason Mraz & John Mayer then Listen to Richard James! From Devon, UK, Richard James presents an Alt Pop feel with hints of folk, singer-songwriter & country. Currently Cafe Nero’s “Artist of the Month” and with 2 EPs, several collaborations already under his belt he recently winning the Coffee Music Project 2019 for original song. RJ’s New Single FUMES is Out now everywhere! His live set combines original music, looping technology, live percussion as well as a powerful vocal. This combination of skills has made him a force to be reckoned with on the live music scene. See him live while you can!

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THE DUNWELLS


There may only be two members with the same surname, but The Dunwells are very much a band of brothers. Consisting of two siblings, the hardworking duo from Leeds recently released their new album ‘Something In The Water’ in September 2019. The album features ‘Nothing Left’ and ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably’, previously released tracks which set the tone for another beautifully crafted album.

Joe Dunwell and his elder brother Dave grew up in a musical household and fondly recall flipping through their dad’s Bob Dylan and Beatles records, as well as hearing their mum singing along to Motown. The Dunwells’ songwriting has grown over the years since school, enriched by extensive US and UK touring in support of the band’s 2013 debut, Blind Sighted Faith. Memorable moments included an appearance on Late Night With Jay Leno and performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Fest and the Bonnaroo Festival, as well as sold out shows across the UK.

The Dunwells followed that success with the release of Light Up the Sky in 2016, an album which included the song Communicate, which has over 2.5m Spotify streams.  The Yorkshire band then released the Colour My Mind EP in 2017 before a break to put together album number 3, Something in the Water,  released in September 2019.

The process saw the Dunwell brothers craft the album from start to finish, said Joe “This time when we started recording, it came together very quickly as we used our own recording studio here in Leeds to produce the whole record. We did this over the course of two months. The reality is that the songs for this album were taken from a much larger collection of music that we have written over the last three years.”

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