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Madness announce 2023 UK arena tour with The Lightning Seeds
The ‘C’est La Vie’ tour will kick off in November
Madness have announced a new UK arena tour taking place this winter, where they will be joined by special guests The Lightning Seeds .
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Announced today (April 21), the upcoming tour will kick off in Aberdeen at the end of November and hit arenas across the UK, before closing with a performance in Birmingham.
It will feature appearances in cities including Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as a penultimate slot at London’s O2 arena on December 15. Madness will also be joined by special guests, The Lightning Seeds — you can find all scheduled dates below.
“WOT-a-tour this promises to be,” the band said, discussing the newly-announced ‘C’est La Vie’ dates. “We can’t wait to be back out on the road, doing what we love best. Roll on November.”
As per a press release, the upcoming shows will not only feature some of the ska band’s most famous hits – such as ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘Our House’ – it will also include tracks taken from their upcoming album.
Suggs and co announced that they were working on a new release on social media back in November. Sharing footage taken in a recording studio, the caption read: “Please allow us to introduce ourselves… We’re back in the studio recording the new album… This one sounds about finished?!?”
Please allow us to introduce ourselves… we're back in the studio recording the new album… this one sounds about finished?!? pic.twitter.com/NJPM4e9igb — Madness (@MadnessNews) November 10, 2022
The forthcoming release will be their first new LP of original material since 2016’s ‘Can’t Touch Us Now’.
Tickets for the ‘C’est La Vie’ arena tour go on sale at 9:30am BST on April 28, and will be available here .
Madness’s 2023 arena tour features shows in:
November 30 – P&J Live, Aberdeen December 1 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow 2 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle 4 – International Arena, Cardiff 5 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham 7 —M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool 8 – First Direct Arena, Leeds 9 – AO Arena, Manchester 11 – Brighton Centre, Brighton 12 – International Centre, Bournemouth 14 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield 15 – The O2, London 16 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Back in February, it was confirmed that Madness and Noel Gallagher will be headlining Nottingham’s Splendour Festival later this year . Taking place at Wollaton Park on July 22 and July 23, the 15th instalment of the festival will also include sets from The Kooks , Rudimental , Sugababes , Sam Ryder , Confidence Man and Altered Images.
The band will also be playing more UK shows this year before kicking off their arena dates. Announced back in November 2022, the band will play in cities including Halifax and Middlesborough this summer.
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Legendary Ska and Pop group Madness have announced they will be embarking on a huge UK tour later this year.
The six-piece band had already announced they were hitting the road this summer but have followed this up with a 13-date UK tour in November and December.
The C’est La Vie tour will kick off in Aberdeen on November 30 and conclude with a show in Birmingham on December 16.
It will feature classic hits from their upcoming album, which will be their first since 2016’s Can’t Touch Us Now.
The tour will be supported by The Lightning Seeds, and tickets for the new shows go on general sale next Friday, April 28 at 9.30am.
Madness have been playing together almost nonstop for nearly half a century. Formed in 1976, the North London band were one of the most prominent acts to emerge from the two-tone ska revival.
When are Madness going on tour in the UK?
Madness will kick off their 13-date UK tour on November 30, running until December 16.
See below for their full UK tour dates:
- Aberdeen, P&J Live - November 30
- Glasgow, OVO Hydro - December 1
- Newcastle, Utilita Arena - December 2
- Cardiff, International Arena - December 4
- Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena - December 5
- Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena - December 7
- Leeds, First Direct Arena - December 8
- Manchester, AO Arena - December 9
- Brighton, Brighton Centre - December 11
- Bournemouth, International Centre - December 12
- Sheffield, Utilita Arena - December 14
- London, O2 - December 15
- Birmingham, Utilita Arena - December 16
How to get tickets
General on sale tickets for Madness’ C’est La Vie tour will be available from 9.30am on Friday April 28 2023 via the SeeTickets website .
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Madness have announced details of a UK and Ireland arena tour for November and December 2021, which will see them being supported by Squeeze.
The Camden Town ska-pop legends will play large venues such as The O2 Arena as they prepare to hit the road for the first time in eighteen months.
After kicking off at Dublin’s 3Arena on Monday November 29, they will conclude on Saturday December 18 at London’s O2 Arena.
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You can check out the dates in full below. Tickets go on sale from 9AM on Friday, May 21. Visit the band’s official website for further information.
Last month saw Madness debuting Before We Was We , an autobiographical look back at the band’s formative years in 1970s London. In a four-star review of the series, NME wrote: “The colour-drained stock footage of crumbling London slums, dirt-smeared toddlers and flower-pinnied grannies used to accompany tales from the band’s upbringings relies on 1970s poverty clichés to Dickensian extremes (Oliver Smash, anyone?), but once they begin to depart their lives of crime and street art (Suggs relates a tearaway youth as one of Kilburn’s most notorious bridge-taggers) for more wholesome rock ’n’ roll pursuits, the series takes a sharp turn from the hackneyed to the hyper-real.”
Elsewhere in Madness news, the band recently announced they will be one of the headlines acts at this year’s Victorious Festival along with The Streets and Royal Blood . The event will take place at Southsea Seafront in Portsmouth across the UK’s August Bank Holiday Weekend, 27-29 August.
Madness and Squeeze play the following dates on their UK and Ireland arena tour of 2021:
November 29 – Dublin 3Arena December 02 – Aberdeen P&J Arena December 03 – Glasgow The SSE Hydro December 04 – Sheffield Arena December 06 – Bournemouth B.I.C December 07 – Brighton Centre December 09 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena December 10 – Leeds First Direct Arena December 11 – Manchester AO Arena December 13 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena December 14 – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena December 16 – Newcastle Utilita Arena December 17 – Birmingham Utilita Arena December 18 – London The O2 Arena
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Hailing from Camden Town, London, England, Madness are a ska band that formed in 1976. They are one of the most enduring and beloved English bands to ever come from the late seventies and early eighties and quite possibly the world’s biggest 2-Tone band.
I think it’s fair to say that people don’t take Madness quite as seriously as they probably should. To clarify, people love them like a family member and with very good reason, but the gloriously silly, “nutty boys” image that follows them around wherever they go doesn’t even tell half their story. This is a band that have had to struggle to get anywhere their entire career, that weathered a storm of abuse and attacks both from skinheads and people accusing them of being skinheads after they’d barely released their first single.
It’s a wonder they have a sense of humour at all, let alone one as broad as theirs, but thank God in heaven that they do. It was one of the things that made them one of the biggest names in British music at the time, that and their absolutely astonishing run of singles. The band began life as The North London Invaders, founded by keys player Mike Barson, guitarist Chris Foreman and saxophonist Lee Thompson, who remain with the band to this day. They recruited drummer John Hasler, bassist Cathal Smyth and singer Dikron Tulane a year later.
The group started performing in 1977 but ran into some serious line up troubles soon afterwards, with most members leaving the band and returning soon afterwards. Graham McPherson (AKA Suggs) took over lead vocals but was kicked out in short order after choosing his beloved Chelsea football club over rehearsing one too many times. Smyth left after an argument with Barson, and the same man’s criticism of Lee Thompson’s saxophone playing led to Thompson himself leaving before the year was up. However by the following year, Thompson and McPherson were back in the fold, Daniel Woodgate and Mark Bedford had become the bands full time drummer and bassist and in 1979, they changed their name to Madness and got Smyth, now going under the nickname Chas Smash, to join as a backing singer and dancer.
The stage was set, and after that much grief with the line-up, it must have been sweet relief to see their first single, a cover of Prince Buster’s “The Prince” become a surprise hit, reaching number 16 in the charts. A performance on the legendary British music TV show Top Of The Pops followed and from that stemmed a tour with The Specials and a record deal with Stiff Records. Their debut album, “One Step Beyond…” came out in October 1979, and that records success was the blue print for the band in the early 1980’s when they were basically unstoppable. The band released one album in each of that decades first three years, all of which top ten and released deathless hit singles like “Baggy Trousers”, “Our House”, “Embarrassment”, “Night Boat To Cairo” and their sole number one hit in the U.K “House Of Fun”.
Of course, that kind of creativity and success in such a short period of time leaves a band with one way to go. In 1984, Barson left the band and by 1985 they were struggling, their singles missing the top 40 altogether and the band not happy with how their albums were turning out, in 1986 they started work on a new record, but it was not to be. The friction between the band members was too much and they announced that they were splitting in September that year. However, after some quiet attempts at solo careers failed to take hold, their single “It Must be Love” was released in 1992. It was a top ten hit all over again, reaching number 6, only two places lower than its original release over a decade ago in 1981.
The demand was there, and the band reunited in the same year for two enormous concerts at Finsbury Park, which were called Madstock!. Both shows sold out, and 75’000 people attended over that weekend, and since then the band have reunited frequently to record albums and go on an annual arena tours of the U.K during the Christmas season. They remain one of the most beloved British bands of the past three decades. Each generation seems to love them just as much as the last, shown by the colossal crowd they pulled at the 2011 Reading and Leeds festivals while slotted in between Two Door Cinema Club and Jimmy Eat World. All hail The Nutty Boys, then. After everything they’ve conquered to get where they are today, they’ve earned the title of national treasures with aplomb, and are still a band to be seen as soon as possible.
Buster he sold the heat, with a rock steady beat! As soon as you hear this the nutty dancing starts as thousands of 40 something's (and their kids and their dads!) get busting their best Rude Boy moves to one of Great Britain's best ever Ska/Pop bands. Since 1979's "The Prince" The Nutty Boys have scored hit after hit of glorious pop with an underlying social conscience that the casual listener probably never noticed. When you go to a Madness concert you can't possibly leave without a fez on your head, sore legs and feet and a smile on your face as wide as the Clyde. These guys may be getting older and dare I say it even respectable (they we're invited to play at Her Maj's big house in London - who would have thought that in 79!) but they certainly have no signs of slowing down. Lee "Kix" Thomson still runs around with his Sax like a young kid and Chas Smash gets the crowd dancing like crazy and bellowing out every word. Only thing these days is the original bass play Mark "Bedders" Bedford seems to have retired from the band which is a shame. Whatever you do beg, steal or borrow a ticket for the next gig and get on The Nutty Train!
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Scarborough outdoor theatre was a great venue especially as the rain stayed away . For an outdoor venue it's quite compact so the atmosphere & souund didn’t fade away. Madness where their usual brilliance. After over 38 years together you wouldn't expect anything less. Great encore of Madness & Night boat to Cairo. The crowd where up for it so fuelled by the bands enthusiasm it made a memorable night. 11 out of 10!
Brilliant show as always from Madness although they sang a few obscure tunes which we didn't really know from their back catalogue (although they were celebrating 40 years so I guess that was understandable). The Roundhouse is our favourite venue, it's well run, great sound, good views from wherever you stand or sit, plenty of bars & toilets.
Brilliant atmosphere,fabulous sound,& an unbelievably great show yet again,only disappointment was (some of,not all) the security guards at the venue,their level of professionalism left a lot to be desired,but The Fratellis and Madness were (and still are) just as good as they’ve always been! #TheSoundOfMadness
just brilliant! Typicall Madness. The crowd were wild (but well behaved) played all the classics and more the sound and lighting was second to none and the atmosphere was electric. They never missed a beat! Timeless. I'm Just glad I was there to witness it! Go you won't be disappointed.
Outstanding gig! Best Madness set I've heard in a while! Lee Thomson n Suggs were on top form! Glad I had a standing ticket as the atmosphere was awesome!! Monty Python's "Akways look on the bright side of life" blasting out of the sound system on everybody leaving was top class!!
Great concert, supportive crowd treated to a mix of their old 80's classics and more recent stuff, performed with the expected humour and charm. "Night Boat to Cairo" concluded a brilliant night. If you can't enjoy a Madness concert you probably don't have a heartbeat!
Madness where fantastic. Great being in a smaller venue. Only downside was no air conditioning and it was extremely hot inside . No support act to speak of just a guy playing tunes at his decks which was ok for a bit but crowd got a bit restless . Madness brilliant
A great day was had by all. The cricket ground was filled with fans, many who i spoke to have seen the band more then a few times. There was the usual mix of fez wearing men and women who were treated to an hour and a half of classic tracks and new gems.
Incredible. We were in the floor standing and the atmosphere was so good. The music was amazing, Madness at their best. I couldn't stop dancing for the entire concert along with everyone else in the venue. The songs were classic and really well-played.
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Utilita Arena, Sheffield The British pop institution head out on their by now traditional festive December tour, performing their classic hits to a rapturous response
“I t’s been two years since we’ve played live,” singer Suggs declares, reflecting on how the pandemic derailed this British pop institution. “I’ve found myself singing at old grannies at the bus stop.” Still, within seconds, band and audience resume their positions for the traditional festive staple of a Madness December tour. Around a quarter of the crowd are wearing fezzes. The sunglassed, besuited vocalist begins the evening in a stage-left phone box, supposedly phoning his mum, and still has the charmingly befuddled air of someone who woke up from a dream to find himself onstage in an arena. At 60, he changes the “I’m feeling twice as older” line in 1980’s Embarrassment to “three times as older”. He doesn’t need to complete the “Hey you, don’t watch that …” intro to One Step Beyond – the audience do it for him.
Without a new album to promote, this tour leans heavily on the hits, and The Prince and a glorious My Girl set a high bar which, in fairness, they don’t drop far below all night. More recent songs NW5 and Mr Apples easily punch their weight. The “nutty boys” image belies the rich content of Madness’s material, which documents all sorts of aspects of British life including homelessness and racial prejudice. Two songs are so new they are unreleased. Baby Burglar reflects on a misspent youth of “petty criminality” over a samba-ish rhythm. “I thought I might go mad in the last couple of years, but who’s to say I wasn’t already?” Suggs quips, by way of introducing If I Go Mad, which has enough hooks to become yet another Madness banger.
The venue’s boomy sound and a missed vocal cue at the start of The Sun and the Rain can’t dampen a fearsome home run of classics, and that song is beautifully illustrated with film of Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain. Their own street scene stage backdrop is perfect for Our House, and It Must Be Love becomes an epic sing-song. “No more singing to old ladies!” yells Suggs, surveying the crowd rapture. “This is the stuff!”
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