Rocking crowds in Far North Queensland for over a decade, Benny and the Clones deliver powerful and passionate original music
to anyone who will listen.
With three albums under their belt and a fourth in the studio, a music video in the can and an ever-expanding Clone Army, core trio Ben Radford (Guitar, Keys, Lead Vox) Dale Priem (Lead Guitar, Vox) and Ben Kuring (Drums, Vox) even managed to produce a short film for Port Douglas festival Port Shorts documenting their rise to famethrough the art of
Launching their third album in Port Douglas and Cairns, the boys have since taken the opportunity to showcase their diverse song catalogue at North Queensland festivals including the Tablelands Folk Fest, Palm Cove Reef Feast, Rock the Yacht, Taste Port Douglas and Port Douglas Carnivale. Needing some city time every year (and to see their mums), The Clones rock out live down south in Melbourne at iconic venues such as The Retreat, The Empress, and Young & Jackson to name a few. Their die-hard love of playing and supporting original music see the boys regularly perform locally in Port Douglas and Cairns. They've had support slots for touring acts including Custard, Kingswood and even big Dazza Braithwaite.
Lead singer/songwriter Ben Radford is a prolific songwriter and has described the band as a love child of Thom Yorke, Jeff Tweedy, Gene and Dean Ween, Beck, The Go-Betweens and Dan Kelly. That's a lot of parents to have, but a particular style has emerged they can easily call their own. Their lyrics don't fluff around either - often going straight for the jugular on issues like politics, religion, environment, the inner workings of the human being and, much to his wife’s delight: the joys of relationships and marriage!
News & Updates
January 24, 2018:
Happy 2018, folks!! Here's our current upcoming gig guide:
Sunday Feb 4 5pm: Resonate, Grand Hotel Cairns
Saturday Feb 10 8pm: Elixir Tapas Bar, Cairns
Sunday Feb 11 8pm: Tim Wright support, Port Douglas Yacht Club
Saturday Feb 24 7:20pm: Sunnyboys Support, Tanks Arts Centre
Saturday March 3 7pm: Port Douglas Yacht Club with Machine Machine
Saturday March 24 7:30 pm: Yungaburra Sessions, Yungaburra Hotel Ballroom
November 1, 2017:
So much love and respect to the Tablelands Folk Festival crew for a bloody awesome weekend. And to Todd @ Resonate for a great little Sunday Arvo set to finish the weekend in style.
August 9, 2017:
Sorry for being a bit quiet over the last few months, guys - we've been entrenched in our home studio working on the next album. We'll be out for some sunlight and good times at the Taste Port Douglas Festival at Rex Smeal Park this weekend though! Saturday from 4, Sunday from 3:30.
February 28, 2017:
Phew! Melbourne gigs done and relatively dust-free! Thanks to EVERYONE involved with helping our Melbourne shows happen. Tago Mago, The Old Bar, Young & Jackson, and the Retreat. And of course biggest thanks to everyone who came to the shows!!
January 19, 2017:
The Clones are going on tour! Three Melbourne shows are confirmed for late Feb:
Sunday February 19: Old Bar, Fitzroy
Friday February 24: Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
Saturday February 25: Young & Jackson, Melbourne City
November 1, 2016:
Well, we didn't win, but we got a lot of laughs for our first short film which screened at Port Shorts Film Festival over the weekend. You can see it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQQp-kRm7Js
October 20, 2016:
Really chuffed to hear our album being played on ABC Radio today. Cheers guys!!
October 14, 2016:
Our new clip just hit a thousand views on Youtube! Not bad for a little ol' band like ours!
September 13, 2016:
We'll be headlining the Palm Cove Festival's Jack and Shannan stage October 8th, 8 - 10 pm with support by Los Caracoles.
September 13, 2016:
Our live performance on Balcony TV was released today! Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZIfkABs58o
July 27, 2016:
We'll be continuing our unplugged sessions in Estilo bar at Port Douglas QT on the first Thursdays of the next few months. Check it out from 6pm!
June 1, 2016:
We're honored to be playing support for the mighty Custard at the Tanks Arts Centre June 24!
May 23, 2016:
Thanks to the Carnivale 2016 crew for having us in the amazing Spiegeltent this year - there's another one ticked off the bucket list!!
April 24, 2016:
A huge thanks goes out to everyone who helped make our album launch shows a success - the 400+ turnout at the Port Douglas gig totally exceeded out expectations!!
March 3, 2016:
The two CD launch show dates have been confirmed: Saturday April 16 @ 12 Bar Blue (Lake Street Cairns), and Saturday April 16 @ The Port Douglas Yacht Club.
January 12, 2016:
The Clones are playing the inaugural 'Great Australian Bites' festival on Australia Day at Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas. See you guys there!!