Thing is, it was indoors...

Brendan Benson was forced to cut short a gig in OXFORD last night (June 28) after torrential rain damaged the fire alarm system at the ZODIAC venue.

The star, fresh from his triumphant Glastonbury performance, was about halfway through his set when the fire alarm started going off, which automatically cut all the power to the PA.

A spokesperson for the star said today: “It rained so badly it leaked in to the fire alarm system, so the Fire Brigade turned up. The power had gone. The Fire Brigade wouldn’t allow the show to go on because the system was damaged.”

The spokesperson added: “If you still have your ticket stub, you can get into Friday’s (July 1) gig at Reading Fez.”

The Detroit-based star issues new single ‘Cold Hands (Warm Heart)’ on July 4, the day he plays a sold-out gig at London Barfly. Available on CD and 7″, both formats come with additional new tracks. The 7” features a cover of the Gram Parsons tune ’Strong Boy’, taken from the International Submarine Band’s classic album ’Safe At Home’. The CD features ’Some Day’ and ’Christopher’s Revolt’.

Brendan Benson also performs at one of the new Wireless events in London’s Hyde Park today (June 29), the day Keane headline.

He has also confirmed appearances at T In The Park (July 9) and Ireland’s Oxegen festival on July 10.