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[SOLD OUT] Badly Drawn Boy

A black and white image of a man playing the guitar and singing.
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The Mercury prize winning Badly Drawn Boy performs at Metronome as part of his Spring 2023 tour.

  • When: Thursday 23 March 2023, 7 pm
  • Location: Metronome, Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, NG1 1AP
  • Cost: £25 + booking fee
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 23 March 2023, 7.00 pm
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When Badly Drawn Boy emerged in the late '90s, his intricate, lilting melodies, quirky but heartfelt lyrics, and offbeat production touches fit in with the experimental pop fringe of artists like Scott 4  and the Beta Band , but Gough soon defined himself as a remarkable talent with 2000's The Hour of Bewilderbeast, his Mercury Prize-winning debut album.

He struck gold again with the 2002 soundtrack About a Boy, which polished the charm of his songwriting while avoiding sentimentality. Later, he embellished his sound with ornate production, as on 2002's Have You Fed the Fish? and 2006's Born in the U.K., then returned to the relatively stripped-down sound of his earlier work on 2010's It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes. With 2020's Banana Skin Shoes, Gough returned from a lengthy hiatus with an even-handed mix of adventurous pop and poignant ballads.

In June 2000, Badly Drawn Boy's debut album The Hour of Bewilderbeast arrived to widespread acclaim for its literate songwriting and eclectic instrumentation. Along with reaching number 13 on the U.K. Albums chart and number 23 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart in the U.S., the album appeared on numerous album of the year lists and ultimately won Britain's vaunted Mercury Prize for Best Album.

Little was heard from Gough until the May 2020 release of Badly Drawn Boy's eighth album Banana Skin Shoes. Recorded with co-producers including Gethin Pearson and , it combined reflective lyrics with sounds spanning vintage Motown and pop-soul to alt-hip-hop collages.

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Huntingdon Street


The nearest car park is just behind Metronome, on Brook Street. The sat nav postcode is: NG1 1EA (view on Google maps here), you’re looking out for the Nottingham Arena (Brook St) car park, open 24/7.

Travel Info:

The nearest tram stop is at the Lace Market, a 5 – 10 minute walk from the venue. Nottingham has Park & Ride car parks situated just outside the city, with a regular tram service running throughout the week. Go to to plan your journey.

For buses take your pick! Visit the Nottingham City Transport website to plan your route. Numerous services stop just outside the venue.

Nottingham Station is the nearest train station and a short taxi ride, or 20 – 25 minute walk, from Metronome. You’ll find plenty of taxis outside the station, or use your Uber app.

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