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Middlesbrough gig-goers are in for an unmissable treat on Friday 12th August, with Ben Hopkinson pitching up at Base Camp for a rare solo show.

The multi-instrumentalist has carved out a reputation as something of a musical polymath through his work with seminal local bands By Toutatis and Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, but will strike out on his own for a performance that could prove to be atypical in more ways than one.

A masterful pianist, gifted saxophonist and superlative guitarist who proffers more than a passing nod to the influences of Lindisfarne guru Alan Hull, Hopkinson is almost certain to perform a set that takes on various guises and strides between a whole spectrum of genres and touchstones.

Support will come from soulful, ‘80s-inspired balladeer Lost State Of Dan, who pairs soaring vocals with tender melodies and an infectiously affable on-stage persona – as well as rivalling Hopkinson in the breadth of his musical palette. (Whisperings of a possible piano duel continue to mount…)

Dirty Little Dumplings will also be hosting a kitchen takeover at Base Camp from 5pm, which sets you up nicely for the 7pm showtime.

Ben Hopkinson and Lost State of Dan perform at Base Camp, Middlesbrough on Friday 12th August.

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