Madness return to the region this month – and we’re giving you the chance to meet the chart-toppers.
As well as giving away two pairs of tickets to see the ska band at Emirates Durham International Stadium, in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, we have a Meet and Greet to give away backstage with the band before they perform.
The British pop legends, who shot to fame with tracks such as Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, My Girl and House of Fun, have been on the road all summer as part of an outdoor tour, Grandslam Madness, and they’ll be rolling into Durham on Saturday, September 26.
As well as the classic tracks, fans can expect new material, the band’s first new recordings in three years.
Charismatic frontman Suggs, who first hit the road with Madness in 1979, said: “If you had told me this when I was a kid I’d have laughed so loudly my socks would have flown off. Of course it’s remarkable and a privilege to still be doing this funny old business that we do.”
He added: “I think the reason we endure is that we genuinely do enjoy ourselves. From the very beginning you could see the joy in the early videos we made and hear it in the records. The fact that we were friends before this band started is key. I genuinely think the whole spark or art of craft and creativity was a by-product of our friendship. I think that’s what people feel. It’s a genuine experience. It’s not manufactured. I can’t ever remember being onstage and feeling fed up with the people around me.”
Speaking about keeping the tour fresh, he said: “Traditionally, we don’t tour for months and months – we gave up on America and they probably gave up on us. Touring for years on end is what drains the lifeblood out of a lot of acts that I see. Each tour we do we try and make unique – and special.
“This one’s special as no one has ever done something like this – as big as this – at sporting venues like this.”
It’s the latest music concert to be staged at the ground, which has also hosted Jessie J and Atomic Kitten.
David Harker, group chief executive of Durham County Cricket Club, said: “This concert further puts Durham CCC on the map as a leading concert venue in the North East.
“We are expecting sell out figures of up to 12,000 people to attend the concert and anticipate that this event will continue to secure the Emirates Durham ICG as one of the region’s premier venues for music.”
•For tickets and information visit www.grandslammadness.co.uk
•To win a pair of tickets for Madness at Durham Cricket Club, plus a pair of tickets and a Meet and Greet, complete the title of this well-known song Baggy ...
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