From Baggy Trousers to Wings Of A Dove, be ready to relive the ‘70s with Madness this summer.
Madness 2016 tour dates
Updated: 10 March 2016
Madness take to the road this summer to play a handful of shows around the UK and Ireland.
The group will play two dates at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on 4 and 5 August, Cyfarthfa Castle on 19 August and London’s Clapham Common on 29 August.
Fronted by Graham McPherson, better known as Suggs, Madness still have their youthful energy, magic and fun when playing live. The group will perform their most-loved hits from Wings of a Dove to House of Fun.
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 that followed.
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.