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Badly Drawn Boy and Beverley Knight confirmed for In The Round 2020 at Roundhouse

Badly Drawn Boy

Story by Jack Foley

BADLY Drawn Boy and Beverley Knight are among the first wave of acts confirmed to headline next year’s In The Round at London’s iconic Roundhouse (2020).

Running from January 23 until February 1, 2020, the annual In The Round series continues to bring a diverse range of artists to the Camden venue for rare, seated performances. The event is now in its fifth year.

Among the other artists confirmed are Fatoumata Diawara, Jorge Drexler and KOKOROKO.

The line-up so far is…

January
24 – Jorge Drexler
25 – Badly Drawn Boy
28 – KOKOROKO
30 – Fatoumata Diawara
31 – Anaïs Mitchell

February
1 – Beverley Knight

As part of the Roundhouse’s commitment to developing emerging talent, young artists who use the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios will perform as support acts for each headline artist.

More acts will be announced soon.

Tickets are available now and came be purchased here

Further information

Jorge Drexler

Critically-acclaimed singer songwriter Jorge Drexler is a man of many talents. Born and raised in Uruguay, he studied medicine and worked as an ear, nose and throat specialist before throwing in the towel to follow his dream of being a musician. With 13 albums, 5 Latin Grammys and 1 Academy Award, it seems the medical profession’s loss was the music world’s gain.

For his appearance at In the Round – his only UK appearance – Drexler will perform his new mesmerizing solo show, Silente. Highly visual with mise-en-scène, this promises to be a rare treat for diehard and new fans alike.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £20

Badly Drawn Boy

In what will be his first London show for five years, Badly Drawn Boy will be performing music from his back-catalogue alongside brand new material.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £20

KOKOROKO

Blistering horns, potent energy, and a victorious spirit are what define the sound of KOKOROKO, the London based, all-star, Afrobeat band, whose 2018 seven-minute, mostly instrumental track, Abusey Junction has, to date, notched up an astonishing 32 million plays on YouTube.

For In the Round, KOKOROKO perform music from their debut EP and showcase new material set for release in autumn 2020.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £20

Fatoumata Diawara

Since the release of her debut album, Fatou (2011), Malian musician, actor and social activist Fatoumata Diawara (known as Fatou) has been hailed as one of Africa’s most trailblazing and outspoken voices.

She has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary music; she’s recorded with Bobby Womack and Herbie Hancock, played Glastonbury, toured with the Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and climbed aboard Damon Albarn’s star-studded Africa Express, which culminated in her sharing a stage with Sir Paul McCartney.

For her In the Round show, Fatou will be performing material from the critically acclaimed album, Fenfo, with a full band.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £20

Anais Mitchell ( plus support from Bonny Light Horseman)

In 2010, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell released the album Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus. The response was extraordinary. Five star reviews across the board marked it an unmitigated triumph heralding the arrival of a vital new voice and a formidable song-writing talent. Originally conceived as a community theatre project in rural Vermont, Mitchell continued developing it as a musical. Today, Hadestown is a Broadway hit and winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Her In the Round appearance offers UK audiences a rare chance to see her music that spans the breadth of her catalogue, including some new material, together with a band.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £22.50

Beverley Knight and support

Widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest soul singers, Beverley Knight has, over the past 25 years, notched up an incredible career as a recording artist, musical theatre star, radio presenter and a stunning live performer.

Since bursting onto the scene with her 1995 debut album, The B-Funk, she has scored several Top 10 albums racking up over a million sales, won three MOBO Awards, has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize, three nominations for Best Female at the Brits and picked up an MBE along the way.

Knight performs In the Round celebrating the release of her new live album, BK25: Beverley Knight with The Leo Green Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall, (released November 2019) that marks her 25 years in the business. Expect highlights from her career that include hit songs Shoulda Woulda Coulda and Come as You Are, as well as classic covers and new material.

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £35