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Ben McKelvey to support Mike + the Mechanics for their 2017 UK tour


Ben McKelvey – photo by Sam J Bond

Mike + the Mechanics announced on their official Facebook page this morning that their support for the 2017 Word of Mouth tour will be singer and songwriter Ben McKelvey.

Ben started his career as a drummer in a punk band, but turned his talents to the guitar and to songwriting when the band eventually went their separate ways in 2010. He has listed some of his songwriting influences as being Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Mark Everett of Eels (source).

Most recently Ben has been on the road supporting Wet, Wet, Wet on their Big Picture Tour, and will be supporting The Overtones come November. You can find more information on his website,

Ben’s debut solo album Life & Love in England was released in February of this year, and is available for purchase and streaming on iTunes and Spotify.

Tickets for the Mechanics’ Word of Mouth tour can be purchased via Ticketline.

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German Mini-Tour 2016 and Album News


Mike on stage in Frankfurt. Photo by Sven-Sebastian Sajak.

Mike + the Mechanics’ mini tour of Germany has seemingly been off to a great start with shows in Munich and Frankfurt. Reviews have been published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau (both links in German).

Photos from Frankfurt can be found on the Frankfurter Neue Presse website.

In the most exciting news, Mike announced on stage in Frankfurt that a new Mechanics album titled ‘Let Me Fly’ should be coming out next January. No more official information is available at this time, but we will keep you updated. The band played the title track as well as another new song, ‘Are You Ready’, at both shows.

Tickets for some of the remaining shows are still available, and can be purchased here. The band will also be playing in Zoetermeer in the Netherlands on October 2nd, and you can find tickets for that show here.

24 September Saturday Leipzig
25 September Sunday Berlin
26 September Monday Hamburg
28 September Wednesday Bremen
29 September Thursday Bielefeld
30 September Friday Cologne