Damon Gough returns unaccompanied and in playful mood - and the hat's still on...

BADLY DRAWN BOY premiered a host of new songs at his first LONDON gig in over a year last night (June 26).

Damon Gough performed the first of two solo shows at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the [a][/a]-curated Meltdown Festival. Playing guitar, keyboards, piano and aided by samples, the star played a near two-hour set before a capacity crowd.

Most of the new songs were untitled, and he kicked off the set with one written just a couple of days before, which contained the recurring refrain “I didn’t care much for you then, I don’t care much for you now”. He described ‘You Were Right’, which appeared later in the set, as the “best song I’ve ever written”. The lyrics contain references to the deaths of Frank Sinatra, Jeff Buckley, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon, as well as the line “I’m turning Madonna down, and calling it my best move”.

Gough also performed a host of classics from his debut album ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’ and his soundtrack to the ‘About A Boy’ movie, including ‘Once Around The Block’, ‘Disillusion’, ‘A Peak You Reach’ and ‘Silent Sigh’. He also surprised fans with a version of ‘Shake The Rollercoaster’ from his 1997 debut EP1.

Badly Drawn Boy was in playful mood, throwing roses to the crowd, singing a song about his roadie and serenading an American girl in the front row.

The star’s second album proper is due for release later this year. Following his second show at the same venue tonight (June 27) Gough plays the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday (June 30).