Post-disco singer/songwriter Donny Benét has postponed his East Coast tour to March 2021.
The tour, which Benét originally scheduled for June, was later moved to October in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, as Victoria continues to battle its second wave of cases, Benét thought it best to reschedule again.
In the meantime, Donny Benét will play two “intimate” shows at Sydney’s Landsdowne Hotel during October to tide fans over until the tour. Tickets to the shows, scheduled for October 9 and 10, are on sale now.
Benét – real name Ben Waples – released his fifth studio album, ‘Mr Experience’, in May.
NME gave ‘Mr Experience’ a three-star review, commenting that “‘Mr. Experience’ takes the past and twists it into something modern yet classic.”
“A party for one, ‘Mr. Experience’ makes a weird sort of sense right now,” the review read.
NME Australia also named the record one of its 15 best Australian albums of the year so far.
NME spoke with Benét on the eve of the album’s release. Despite its retro sound, Benét maintained that he didn’t set out to make an ‘80s copycat record.
“I’m an accomplished musician… I can come up with a shitty ’80s track in two seconds,” he said.
“I’m not [interested] in making a carbon-copy, kind of pastiche version of ’80s music.”
Waples also spoke about his upbringing and about walking the line between humour and sincerity with his Donny Benét alter-ego.
“I think it’s difficult to use humour in a clever way. I’m a very cynical person, so I’m not interested in writing a slapstick song,” he said.
“I’ve got to then really confuse people by making sure that the music’s really good.”
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Donny Benét ‘Mr Experience’ tour dates:
Friday 9 – Sydney, The Landsdowne Hotel
Saturday 10 – Sydney, The Landsdowne Hotel
Thursday 12 – Melbourne, The Corner Hotel
Friday 13 – Brisbane, The Zoo
Thursday 19 – Sydney, Oxford Art Factory