BEN PORTSMOUTH IS ELVIS - 'THE KING IS BACK'. More UK dates for 2016
David Letterman Show https://vimeo.com/64981946
RTE – Saturday Late Show https://vimeo.com/115631617
Performance at Ultimate in Memphis https://vimeo.com/66385834
Award winning Elvis - Ben Portsmouth – has already this year had a sell-out tour of Ireland, shows in Canada and Munich, with amazing sales at Belgrade, Coventry and Portsmouth Guildhall. He has also appeared at London o2 Indigo, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Leeds o2, Bournemouth o2, Manchester o2 and Belfast SSE Arena. Later this year he will be returning to the USA.
Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis‘s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ band. Audiences and promoters quickly realised that this was someone with a special talent. He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists in the UK.
In 2006 Ben was voted the best Elvis at the prestigious international Elvis festival at Porthcawl Wales, the largest of its kind in Europe. He was the youngest competitor and was the total opposite to the stereotypical Elvis impersonator – he was sexy, didn‘t need a wig and was wearing the most authentic outfits flown in from America.
Success in the UK was followed by success in Europe and Ben qualified to represent Europe in the final of the ‘Images of the King’ contest in Memphis 2010 to find the World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist. It was a daunting task to be competing against the best Elvis Tribute artists in what is effectively Elvis‘s backyard. However Ben was up to the task, inspired no doubt by his first visit to Graceland. Ben was voted World Champion ETA by both the judges and the public vote. When Ben returned to the USA some months later and won again at another major Elvis festival near New York the global Elvis industry sat up and took notice. No Elvis Tribute Artist had made a first time appearance at two consecutive major festivals in America and walked away the winner of both.
In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the ‘Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. This success has led to offers from US promoters and all over the world for Ben to headline shows. Ben‘s career in Europe has also taken off where he is playing on the biggest stages to audiences across Europe that are measured in thousands.
However Ben is humble and down to earth. He can‘t believe he gets the opportunity to entertain as an Elvis Tribute Artist and he wants to stay in touch with his core fan base. There will always be a place for the smaller more intimate concert where he can connect on a more one to one basis with his audience. When Ben performs it‘s as if he is inhabiting the persona of Elvis. His triple octave vocal range and perfect pitch allows him to hit the most challenging high notes. His guitar virtuosity enables him to authentically recreate Elvis‘s 1968 comeback concert.
There was only one Elvis but Ben is the closest you will ever get in terms of Elvis‘s looks, his singing voice and on stage charisma.
27: JERSEY, Fort Regent, Fort Regent Leisure Centre, Mount Bingham, St Helier Jersey JE2 4UX http://www.fortregent.je/fort-regent/concerts-events £22.50 / £25.00 8pm
Fri 2: WATFORD, Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN https://watfordcolosseum.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=DF08287B-A7CA-4A75-8CB9-B36DACE8570A 8pm £21.50 - £23.50
Sat 3: BIRMINGHAM, Barclaycard Arena http://www.barclaycardarena.co.uk/whats-on/the-king-is-back £28.33 plus fees Time tbc
Thurs 8: HAYES, Beck Theatre, Grange Rd, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE https://becktheatre.org.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=D83C5818-2C44-41D4-BEC1-0C46EB539156 7.30pm £25.00 plus concessions plus bf
Fri 9: SWANSEA, Grand Theatre, Singleton Street, Swansea, SA1 3QJ http://www.swansea.gov.uk/Elvis £22.50/£24.50 +bf
Fri 16: BARCELONA, SPAIN Barts
Sat 24: HIGH WYCOMBE, Swan Theatre, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE https://wycombeswan.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=6DEDC20F-9D40-4D47-8CDA-BCDAF0904E79 £25 plus concs plus bf 7.30pm
Thurs 10: NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy, Westgate Road, NE1 1SW 7pm £28.12 (inc bf) https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle/events/799287/king-back-ben-portsmouth-elvis-tickets
Fri 11: DUNFERMLINE, Alhambra Theatre, 33 Canmore Street Dunfermline KY12 7NX 7pm £23 + bf http://www.alhambradunfermline.com/listings_detail/384/
Sun 13: LEEDS, 02 Academy, 55, Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AW 6.30pm £25.87 inc bf https://www.academymusicgroup.com/o2academyleeds/events/761708/king-back-ben-portsmouth-elvis-tickets
Wed 16: ALDERSHOT, The Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 1NX http://www.princeshall.com/event/17403/the-king-is-back £26 / £24 (Friends) 7.45pm
Thurs 17th: CARDIFF St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/pop/the-king-is-back/ 7.3pm £25/27.50 (plus concs) + bf
Sat 19th: BOURNEMOUTH, 02 Academy, 570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe BH1 4BH 7pm £28.12 - £33.75 (inc bf) https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academybournemouth/events/806592/king-back-ben-portsmouth-elvis-tickets
Fri 25: ANTWERP,BELGIUM Stadsschouwberg