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It’s hard to believe that it’s been fifteen years since Damon Gough, better known as multi-instrumentalist and noted beanie wearer Badly Drawn Boy, released the Mercury Prize-winning album The Hour of the Bewilderbeast. A decade and a half down the line, it’s a record that still sounds as fresh as ever. Over sixty minutes, the LP cloaked pop tunes in layers of metanarratives, experimental instrumental flourishes and a good dose of wry humour that gave his seemingly sunny folk pop a distinctive, hardened edge.

Gough may have become better known for more radio-friendly hits – such as Silent Sigh from his 2002 soundtrack to About A Boy – but most fans would point to his debut as being his seminal work. It’s therefore no surprise that Gough is celebrating the milestone by playing the album in its entirety at the Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 29th July. While he might dust off a few other old chestnuts, it’ll be the quirky instrumentals, breezy atmospherics and charmingly scatterbrained compositions of Bewilderbeast that make the evening Something To Talk About.

Badly Drawn Boy plays Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 29th July.

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