On Friday 17th July, London’s Victoria Park will see the return of England’s pop royalty as Madness bring Madstock to the East End. With a full supporting cast, this is the first Madstock of the new century and follows their sold out Christmas 2008 tour (including an amazing night at the O2) which saw The Guardian celebrate ‘the longest run of classic singles of any band since the 60s’. Lead singer Suggs is looking forward to what is sure to be one of the biggest shows of the summer:
“Madstock for us is musically, socially and geographically our homecoming. There is no other day like it, for us, our families and for the people that come to see us.”
Madness are one of the most important bands in UK music history. Their incredible run of hit singles beginning in the late 70’s are part of the nation’s consciousness. No band’s back catalogue deserves its place in the treasured musical archive of Britain more than this. Few bands can lay claim to the kind of immediacy that Madness’ classic singles possess and, 30 years since their debut single, ‘The Prince’, the seven remain a vital part of the cultural lifeblood of the country.
As with the Christmas tour, Madstock will be a chance for fans to hear the classics but also an opportunity to hear tracks from the forthcoming new Madness album, ‘The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’, due for release in May of this year. The new album, the first from Madness since 1999’s ‘Wonderful’, saw The Guardian in that same review bestow critical acclaim on the new material noting that ‘their touch hasn’t deserted them’.
Tickets are priced at £35 (subject to booking fee) and are available from the band site at www.madness.co.uk. Details of the full supporting cast will be announced shortly