THE HOURS AND HOURS OF BEWILDERBEAST

The Mercury Prize-winning star plays beyond 11pm curfew and will pay at least £5,000...

BADLY DRAWN BOY, aka DAMON GOUGH, faces a fine of over £5,000 for playing past his 11pm curfew during a landmark show at LONDON’s ROYAL ALBERT HALL last night (April 6), NME.COM can reveal.

However the Mercury Prize winner, who played for three hours 20 minutes – finishing at 11.20pm – showed little concern for the censure, refusing to leave the stage and telling the capacity 3,800 audience: “I’ll write another song and earn another million pounds.”

During the set, which took in tracks from his earliest EPs to songs from last year’s prize-winning ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’, Gough jumped into the stalls while playing a guitar solo, sang to the audience without his microphone, led the crowd in Mexican waves, dedicated songs to seemingly every member of his family and gave a photo of his daughter, Edie, to the audience to pass around (it was later returned intact).

Gough‘s set was preceded by a short performance from Manchester’s St Anne’s Bell Ringers, who played a medley of BDB hits in their unconventional style. Gough walked on as they played a final rendition of ‘Little Beast’, declaring the event to be “the proudest day of my life”.

By way of a finale, three hours and 20 minutes after the set began, Gough called his girlfriend Claire onstage for show-closer ‘Epitaph’.

Throughout the show, he made references to the pain of spending so much time away on tour from his five-month-old daughter.

Gough completes his European tour at a home-town show in Manchester’s Apollo tonight, before setting off for an extensive, mostly sold-out, US jaunt in a week’s time.