Grandslam Madness tour
Updated: 20 February 2015
Madness take to the road this summer playing 19 outdoor concerts at UK racecourses, rugby, football and cricket grounds.
The legendary ska band’s tour, Grandslam Madness, will include dates during May, June, July and September starting at Lincoln’s Sincil Bank Stadium on 29 May.
Madness will visit Gloucester, Chelmsford, Portsmouth, Newmarket, Doncaster and Hove during May and June. July sees the group bring their biggest hits to Northampton, Haydock, Carlisle, Epsom, Chepstow, Rhyl while September will include concerts in Kent, Bristol, Leeds, Wolverhampton and Durham.
Led by Suggs, Madness will perform their most-loved hits from Wings of a Dove to House of Fun. The groupreleased their latest album Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da in 2012.
Madness UK tour
Updated: 13 May 2014
Madness return to arenas in December 2014 for another high energy tour across the UK and Ireland.
Madness’s All For The M.A.D.H.E.A.D. UK tour kicks off with show at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena before the band head to Cardiff, Brighton, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester to play shows throughout December.
The Madness tour cumulates with a massive show at The O2 in London on 20 December 2014.
The band that was at the forefront of the 2 Tone revival in the late 1970s continued to be a huge success throughout the ‘80s and maintained their popularity with their fans in the decades to follow.
Fronted by Graham McPherson, better known as Suggs, Madness still have their youthful energy, magic and fun when playing live.
Madness formed originally as The Invaders in 1976, with several shifts in the line-up until 1979 when Madness was finally fully formed as a seven-piece. The name Madness paid homage to a song by their idol: the ska/reggae artist Prince Buster.
Before releasing their first album, Madness took to the live circuit. They toured with bands such as The Specials and The Selecter honing their live performances to the exuberant and exciting shows which you see today.
Madness: Debut album
One Step Beyond was their debut album released through Stiff records. It charted at No.2 on the album chart. However, it was their second offering that would give them some of their biggest hits to date. Absolutely spawned some of their top singles; the most well-known being Baggy Trousers.
A change in direction was prompted. The boys moved away from Suggs’ cockney accent and their ska influences. Madness moved towards a new pop sound. Their biggest songs at this time included their No.1 single House of Fun, It Must Be Love, and Our House, which received international success.
Up until 1985 the band enjoyed success, but after members leaving and ‘musical differences’ the band decided to part ways in 1988.
Madness: The reunion
In 1992 the band set up a reunion concert named Madstock!. The event was a two-day festival at Finsbury Park in London. Along with the reunion concert they released a live album of the same name, which included some of the band’s most well-known hits including It Must Be Love, Our House and Wings Of A Dove. The success of the Madstock! event saw it return in 1994, 1996, 1998.
They released their latest album, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, in 2012 and toured the UK the following year in support of the record.
Madness on tour
Madness have toured the UK throughout the last few years. Most recently the group embarked on their All For The M.A.D.H.E.A.D. tour in December 2014. It was a roaring success earning the group positive reviews and Madness tickets selling out.
The band performed a mixture of their huge sing-a-long tracks from Baggy Trouser to House of Fun but they also mixed it up with the likes of The Prince, Lovestruck and Wings of a Dove.
For a band with ten-decades of touring history behind them – and a catalogue of huge hits to pick from – you can count on any Madness gig to be high-energy, nostalgia-filled, packed with hits and lots of fun.