Madness live in concert The reviews
19 Feb 2015
Madness live in concert The reviews
Madness confirmed a mammoth summer tour this week, with this in mind here’s what to expect from the band.

They’re a group steeped in history and have enjoyed nearly 40 years in the music business but can a band of that many years still cut it on the live circuit?

Last year the group toured the UK which was quickly followed by a wave of praise for the Camden ska heroes. Here’s what the critics had to say…

After their December concert in Newcastle the Guardian’s Dave Simpson gave the group a roaring four stars offering, “The Nutty Boys deliver poignant observations about life, deadpan humour and killer melodies.”

He added, “The frontman announces “the entertainment storm”, a walloping home run of six classics in a row, from Baggy Trousers to It Must Be Love. As fezzes are hurled in the air in celebration, Lee Thompson says: “It goes too quickly. We’ve had so much fun.” He means the gig, but that’s their wonderful career in a nutshell.”

In Cardiff the group were equally received. The WalesOnline presented another four stars with Liz Day saying, “A fantastic carnival atmosphere. The balance of classic crowd-pleasers and new music was just about spot on, leaving fans, old and new, more than satisfied with the set list.”

The positive reviews continued for their 2014 tour with Chris Jones of the Belfast Telegraph saying, “There was plenty of skanking to be done and the Odyssey crowd obliged, but there’s more to Madness than ska. One of the band’s best late-career singles — Lovestruck — was an oddly touching depiction of drunkenness, while Wings Of A Dove added a little calypso flavour to proceedings, and plenty of lusty singing along.”

And it’s not just the group’s most recent tour which has earned the positive reviews to pour in; Madness’s 2012 caused the same reaction. The Telegraph’s Thomas H Green reviewed their concert at the Brighton centre. Notching up another four stars Green wrote, “Madness’s annual pre-Christmas tour may have become a somewhat comfortable and predictable fixture, but they were so peerlessly lovable and entertaining that it would be shame if it were to stop any time soon.”

Madness will tour the UK throughout summer 2015. The group’s tour will take in concerts at racecourses, rugby, cricket and football grounds throughout the county starting in May and ending in September. Tickets can be purchased here.

Madness 2015 tour dates

May 2015
Sincil Bank Stadium Lincoln (29)
Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester (30)

June 2015
Chelmsford City Racecourse (3)
Newmarket Racecourse (26)
Doncaster Racecourse (27)
Sussex County Cricket Ground, Hove (28)

July 2015
Silverstone Circuit, Northampton (2)
Haydock Park (3)
Carlisle Racecourse (4)
Epsom Downs (9)
Chepstow Racecourse (10)
Rhyl Pavilion, Rhyl (11)

September 2015
Kent County Cricket Club (11)
Bristol County Ground (12)
Blackheath Common, London (13) – part of OnBlackheath Festival
Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds (18)
Wolverhampton Racecourse (25)
Durham County Cricket Club (26)