Gomez musicians Ben Ottewell and Ian Ball celebrate 25 years of Bring It On and Liquid Skin with tour

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Gomez musicians Ben Ottewell and Ian Ball celebrate 25 years of Bring It On and Liquid Skin with tour

Words by Staff Writer

The Gomez duo will be heading around the country throughout late October and early November with stops into Meeniyan, Castlemaine, Lorne and Melbourne.

Once upon a time, not too long ago English lads Gomez were making their way through the Australian airwaves with their albums Bring It On and Liquid Skin, and their hit singles ‘Whippin’ Piccadilly’, ‘Tijuana Lady’ and ‘Get Myself Arrested’. Well, that period of ‘not so long ago’ was 1998 and 1999.

To celebrate 25 years of their breakout album and follow-up, Gomez vocalist and guitarists Ben Ottewell and Ian Ball are heading to Australia for an eleven-date national tour.

Ben Ottewell & Ian Ball Tour Dates

  • Thu 31 October – Freo Social Club, Perth, WA
  • Sat 2 November – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
  • Sun 3 November – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
  • Mon 4 November – Lorne Theatre, Lorne, VIC  
  • Thu 7 November – The Croxton, Melbourne, VIC
  • Sat 9 November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
  • Sun 10 November – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
  • Tues 12 November – Eltham Hotel, Eltham, NSW
  • Wed 13 November – M|Arts Precinct, Murwillumbah, NSW
  • Thu 14 November – Adelaide Unibar, Adelaide, SA
  • Fri 15 November – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

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Bring It On and Liquid Skin were monumental albums for Gomez. The debut Bring It On scored Gomez early brownie points in the music scene, garnering multi-platinum sales, chart topping success and the very distinguished Mercury Prize.

The Parr Street Studios and Abbey Road Studios recorded, Liquid Skin closely followed building on from their production with all three lead singles, ‘Bring It On’, ‘Rhythm & Blues Alibi’ and ‘We Haven’t Turned Around’ racing into the UK top 40 charts. The album as a whole stood up in the ARIA Charts, debuting at number nine in the overall charts.


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Gomez continued to have a lively career post debut and sophomore, racking up 10 albums across nearly three decades.

The two albums will be highlighted across Ottewell and Ball’s national Australian tour which will see them hit up Perth, Meeniyan, Castlemaine, Lorne, Melbourne, Cairns, Brisbane, Eltham, Murwillumbah, Adelaide and Sydney throughout October and November. Presented by Love Police, their Victorian stops will be into Meeniyan Town Hall of Saturday 2 November, Theatre Royal on Sunday 3 November, Lorne Theatre Monday 4 November and off to The Croxton on Thursday 7 November.

Along for the Australian voyage is Gomez-inspired troubadour, Buddy.

Tickets see the two musicians in full swing will go on pre sale tomorrow Wednesday 17 April from 9am local time, with general sale on Friday 19 April at 9am local time. Further ticketing information can be found here.