BEN HOWARD shares new single ‘Walking Backwards’ from forthcoming new album ‘Is It?’

Ben Howard
Credit: Toby Coulson

Ben Howard releases Walking Backwards, the second track to be lifted from his fifth studio album, ‘Is It?’ released on the 16th of June 2023 through Island Records. Smouldering in a maelstrom of cut-up samples and driven beats, Walking Backwards is the second introductory track from the forthcoming record and another richly textured, experimental pop song that identifies another shifting of sonics for this most storied and unpredictable of British musicians.

Ben on Walking Backwards: “Walking Backwards is a song to remind ourselves you are doing just fine. A small, personal resistance to the growing pressure to conform. To let go of the constant expectation that we should be striving for more and ploughing forever forwards.. You are doing great, keep up the good work.”

Listen to ‘Walking Backwards’ BELOW:

Ben and his band recorded ‘Is It?’ over 10 days in the Le Manoir de Léon studios, nestled between Bordeaux and Biarritz in the South of France. It was produced by Bullion (Westerman, Nilüfer Yanya, Orlando Weeks). The ten-song record is a lush and sonically splintered album which captures Ben working through some intense moments of a seismic shift, having experienced two mini-strokes (Transient Ischemic Attacks (ISAs)) back in early 2022.

Following a series of inconclusive hospital tests, Ben headed back to France and put all of his focus and much of his soul into creating one of his most upbeat and uplifting records in years.

This month, Ben kicks off a UK and European tour in Madrid at La Riviera on the 18th of May, hitting cities through Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the UK including an already sold-out show at London’s new Alexandra Palace Park on 22nd July. He headlines the Royal Albert Hall on the 1st of June.

Remaining tickets for all headline dates are on sale now via

Ben Howard Live:

18th May – La Riviera, Madrid

19th May – Santana 27, Bilbao

20th May – Palacio de Congresos, Santiago de Compostela

22nd May – Coliseu Lisboa, Lisbon

23rd May – Coliseu Porto, Porto

25th May – Razzmatazz, Barcelona

26th May – Le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux

1st June – Royal Albert Hall, London

15th June – Fairview Park, Dublin

17th June – Piknik I Parken – Oslo, Norway

19th June – Carré Theatre, Amsterdam SOLD OUT

20th June – Carré Theatre, Amsterdam SOLD OUT

21st June – Phil Haarlem, Netherlands

30th June – Rock Werchter, Werchter

1st July – On The Mount At Wasing, Berkshire

2nd July – Down the Rabbit Hole, Beuningen

4th July – Philarmonie de Paris, Paris

6th July – Arena Wien, Vienna

7th July – Pohoda Festival, Trenčín

9th July – Sexto ‘Nplugged, Sesto Al Reghena

11th July – Žluté Lázně, Prague

12th July – Progresja Summer Stage, Warsaw

14th July – Zitadelle, Berlin

15th July – Stadtpark, Hamburg

17th July – Tonhalle, Munich

18th July – X-Tra, Zurich

21st July – SWG3 Yard, Glasgow

22nd July – Alexandra Palace Park, London SOLD OUT

23rd July – Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

11th August – Boardmasters, Newquay

27th August – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth


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