I’m doing this awesome massive nerd tour

December 21st, 2010 by Ben Goldacre in bad science | 60 Comments »

I’m doing this awesome massive nerd tour with Simon Singh, Brian Cox and Robin Ince. We will talk about science and it will be funny. Also, we will make a Spinal Tap tour video. Come! There will be shouting and enthusiasm and nerd facts just like in our Godless shows and festival stuff.

The first ever national science tour celebrating the universe and many of the wonders that lie within it.

Robin Ince, co-presenter of BBC Radio 4s Infinite Monkey Cage and creator of the sell out smash Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People will be introducing great minds of science including – Professor Brian Cox, the other presenter of Infinite Monkey Cage, is also writer and presenter of Wonders of The Solar System and soon to be aired Wonders of the Universe.

Dr Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and slayer of bamboozlers.

Simon Singh, author of the best-selling and award winning Fermats Last Theorem, as well as Big Bang and Trick Or Treatment.

A night like no other, mixing live presentations and fabulous projections of the phenomenal.

Prepare to be amazed…


Sun 3rd April 2011 GLASGOW King’s Theatre

Sun 1st May 2011 OXFORD New Theatre
Mon 2nd May 2011 IPSWICH Regent
Tue 3rd May 2011 NOTTINGHAM Concert Hall

Thur 5th May 2011 BIRMINGHAM Alexandra Theatre
Fri 6th May 2011 MANCHESTER Apollo
Sat 7th May 2011 NEWCASTLE City Hall
Sun 8th May 2011 ABERDEEN Music Hall
Mon 9th May 2011 CARDIFF St David’s Hall

Wed 11th May 2011 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Thur 12th May 2011 BRISTOL Colston Hall
Fri 13th May 2011 BASINGSTOKE Anvil
Sat 14th May 2011 EDINBURGH onefifty at EICC
Sun 15th May 2011 READING Hexagon
Mon 16th May 2011 LONDON Hammersmith Apollo

If you like what I do, and you want me to do more, you can: buy my books Bad Science and Bad Pharma, give them to your friends, put them on your reading list, employ me to do a talk, or tweet this article to your friends. Thanks! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

60 Responses

  1. noelcurry said,

    December 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Please come to Leeds – we like a bit of straight talking up here.

  2. localnotail said,

    December 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Still don’t understand why you didn’t name the tour Geek That.

  3. UrbanAchieverAndy said,

    December 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Please get Gillian McK along!

  4. blah said,

    December 21, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Yes please to Glasgow (or even better, Edinburgh)

  5. blah said,

    December 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    wow, apparently I can’t read. Thanks for the Edinburgh date!

  6. benb said,

    December 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Sweet. Tickets booked for London, so if you put slightly more effort in on that show I’d appreciate it.

  7. criv said,

    December 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I second Leeds.

  8. the boggart said,

    December 21, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    How sweary is it going to be? Will it be suitable for (teenage) kids?

  9. Redclaire said,

    December 21, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Sigh, no Sheffield. Oh well.

  10. Crispy Duck said,

    December 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    No Kent / Sussex? Oh well.

    I like the Basingstoke -> Edinburgh -> Reading bit. You must do a piece in the show about sub-optimal solutions of the (NP-Complete) Travelling Salesman Problem.

  11. microstu said,

    December 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    please organise dates for Dublin and Cork!
    i’m lazy and don’t want to fly to England to see you guys!

  12. nickyb said,

    December 22, 2010 at 4:57 am

    You mean you’re not coming to Beijing? Very poor show chaps! Very disappointed

  13. Exdoc said,

    December 22, 2010 at 6:34 am

    If you decide to go to Beijing then could you please pop down to Hong Kong?

  14. Guy said,

    December 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

    The Nottingham venue don’t have you as there at all. They don’t have anything to be fair on that night, but you certainly can’t book tickets – just thought you might want to know!

  15. hatcat said,

    December 22, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Not visiting Brighton? Please come, I’ll buy you dinner here:


    You really can’t say no to that.

  16. richardelguru said,

    December 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    “Also, we will make a Spinal Tap tour video”
    I hope you aren’t the drummer!
    btw Plano, TX really needs you!!!

  17. MrCheese said,

    December 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Tickets booked already, see you in Newcastle. I second the suggestion that you bring Gillian McK.

  18. sailderailed said,

    December 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Please please please come to Ireland!!! Also, please do so in June after my final exams 😀

  19. steeeeeve said,

    December 23, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Can I please third Leeds (or better still, York)?

  20. thenunnery said,

    December 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    errr… you have heard of Yorkshire, haven’t you? Brian Cox will know where it is but I suppose may have some allergic reaction?

  21. adzcliff said,

    December 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Nottingham still have no awareness of this event?? They’ve recommended we keep trying. Can I just ask that if anyone gets through, not to buy any tickets until you’re sure I’ve bought mine. I’ll let people know when I’m ready for them to start buying theirs.

    Thank you in advance.


  22. Thomas Marsden said,

    December 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Bring the show to Glasgow please. We’ve a few bamboozlers here needing a good slaying. Thanks

  23. Bloodvassal said,

    December 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    My house, please come and do my house… failing that.. um… the Cotswalds, perhaps Wotton-under-Edge, lovely wee town, terrible science.. or so I’ve heard….

  24. atheotes said,

    December 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    The link for the Nottingham date isn’t working and the Royal Concert Hall does not have your event on their website. How can I book?

  25. pv said,

    December 25, 2010 at 12:51 am


  26. snakeyb said,

    December 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    ireland anyone?

  27. Steve Knight said,

    December 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations on the tour but please, stop aping the language habits of American teenage girls. “Awesome” is a word I doubt you used at all throughout your childhood or early adult life and have only subsequently been infected with through over exposure to American womens’ T.V. programmes. Remember that you are British and hence better than that.

  28. andybrice said,

    December 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    I am torn between a desire to see the show and my innate laziness about driving anywhere. Any chance of a Swindon show?

  29. luckypeachtree said,

    December 29, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’ll organise the Shanghai leg – you have an asian tour building, but you would have to slow down and use international english – awesome!

  30. thirtysmthng said,

    December 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    YORKSHIRE. You know, that huge county that’s the biggest in the country. Please come xxx (ideally Leeds)

  31. lesleyorrell said,

    December 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    No Australian tour dates? Looking forward to the video.

  32. Amelie Gourdon said,

    December 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    AWESOME but I’m torn between “I am a nerd who totally wants to see this” and “I hate the Alexandra Theatre” because
    a) it’s a crappy and old school theatre;
    b) more importantly, as we say in French, they eat at every hayrack (i.e. they run with the hare and hunt with the hounds) by having you four on one hand and psychic Sally on the other.

    OK, yeah, I’ll come, but you have to promise to choose a better venue next time you’ll come to B’ham (if I am correct, it is also where you had your BSF tlak).

  33. libelme said,

    December 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    The South Coast? Portsmouth, Southampton, BOURNEMOUTH.

  34. The Cosh said,

    December 31, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Outrageous geographical skew here. Only 21% of the shows in the top half of the country!

    Sounds good though.

  35. The Cosh said,

    December 31, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Caveat: I have no idea where Basingstoke is.

  36. msjhaffey said,

    January 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love your analysis and sense of the ridiculous.

    I loathe the way you seem to feel (on this clip at least) that unless you’ve said “fuck” a couple of times, you haven’t made your point.

  37. Andrea_Cro said,

    January 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Hey Ben,
    How about making a DVD of the show, so that we who live 3000km away from UK can also enjoy it? Id rather watch a good science talk, than a movie…

  38. CharlotteML said,

    January 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I agree with all the people saying to go to Yorkshire, I’d prefer York but would do Leeds. However, the hour and 20 minute train ride to see you guys in Manchester on a Friday night would probably be a bit too inconvinient.

  39. NickPheas said,

    January 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    What did Yorkshire do to upset you?

  40. BigEoinO said,

    January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    +1 @microstu & @snakeyb
    Ireland please…..
    Dublin, Cork, Electric Picnic???

  41. lasferatu said,

    January 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    It’s not massive if you don’t come to A-M-E-R-I-C-A!!! Please please please!!!!

  42. TwitterFollow_AndyPyne said,

    January 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    OMFG!!! I’ll be there, or be square…. or some other kind of regular polygon

  43. AJH said,

    January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Yay! Booked. Ben, make sure your humour peaks in Manchester, after that you are allowed to regress to the mean.

  44. AJH said,

    January 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    PS @ The Cosh.
    Basingstoke is like Daventry, Cannock, Tring and Skelmersdale. They don’t really exist, they are only ever used on message boards and letters pages when people want to remain anonymous. Ben’s going to be really embarrassed when he tries to go there!

  45. dahamsta said,

    January 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    +another1 for Ireland please.

  46. Ariadne said,

    January 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    How about North Wales? Come to Llandudno!

  47. willengli said,

    January 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I’m gonna throw in another plea for IRELAND. Most of these requests are for towns and lets face it, America and Australia, it’s too much work for the moment isn’t it? You hadn’t even contemplated going there.
    Ireland is a country with lots of towns and beer and you might even get one bought for you when you come over. AND, did you know you can get a combined train and ferry ticket from London to Dublin for just £30 (that’s if it’s a money issue but I don’t want to presume anything). You can walk around on the ferry and feel like a real human as opposed to the airplane. Shite, now I’m advertising ferry conmpanies. Just get over here and prepare to be amazed!

  48. oceanclub said,

    January 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    +1 for Ireland! I’m sure somewhere like the Science Gallery would be willing to help out with such a tour (sciencegallery.com/).


  49. Sili said,

    January 21, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Any chance you’ll suck Cox on stage?

    I’ll pay.

  50. GravyB said,

    January 22, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Come back to Canada, mate, Toronto this time? I’d come over there but you’re the kosher jet set nerd.

  51. tristanr said,

    January 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    What? Nowhere south of London? Please come to Brighton.
    Sceptics in the pub (which Simon has spoken at) should help
    publicise this. Go on, you know you want to.

  52. BryonyRose said,

    January 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Please come to anywhere in Yorkshire! (Preferably Leeds).

  53. BarryP said,

    January 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    and another one for Ireland, preferably Dublin!

  54. cristlc said,

    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Fantastic idea! Touring rockstar science gods. I love it. Please consider coming to the US where we are filled with people who don’t believe in global warming and have doubts about vaccines. We need you guys! Trust me.

  55. raketemensch said,

    February 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I think you bring the show to Ireland. You would enjoy a trip here, we have moving statues of the Virgin Mary. No shit!

  56. doclet.le said,

    March 7, 2011 at 12:16 am

    oh come to leeds, please!!
    you are going to cardiff, the arse end of nowhere (where i’m from) may as well come to leeds!

    pretty please?

  57. PlasticManc said,

    April 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    a) I can’t believe I missed this until it was completely sold out. I’m a pillock.

    b) I can’t believe that the official ticket office is taking advantage of people reselling tickets for the Manchester gig at 120 pounds a ticket. They are gits, and I expected better of you guys. Even if I had 240 quid spare I wouldn’t touch that on principle.

    Not that I’m bitter at all.

  58. rfilm said,

    November 13, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Please tour the States. You have no idea how many nerds we’ve got here. Not only would you make a killing, you’d be spreading the gospel of science in a land that needs it sorely.

  59. rosco said,

    February 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

    No visits to Ireland? Oh come on! It’s not far.

  60. Lisa Montgomery said,

    April 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I agree with rosco! Come to Ireland!