Madness have announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.
Drawing on their musical roots in ska, Madness were responsible for some of the most credible pop compositions of the eighties with their ability to write songs that sparkle with the spirit of British life. Creating their trademark ‘nutty’ sound, they spent more weeks in the charts in that decade than any other group, with classic hits such as ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘My Girl’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Grey Day’, ‘House Of Fun’, ‘Driving In My Car’, ‘Our House’ and ‘Wings Of A Dove’. Famous for their legendary live shows, their performances exude good-humour and exuberance. In 2019, the band celebrated their 40th Anniversary, including the book release ‘Before We Was We: Madness by Madness’ and sold out Roundhouse dates in their London hometown, testament to their enduring popularity as they enter the next phase of their incredible career.
Forest Live is a major outdoor live music series held every year by Forestry England. It introduces forests to new audiences in unique, natural woodland arenas around the country. Over 1.9 million people have attended a Forest Live concert in the last nineteen years. With everything needed for a great night out, including good food and drink, the concerts are well-known for their informal and relaxed atmosphere set to a spectacular forest backdrop. Going to a Forest Live concert helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, with income from ticket sales helping to create beautiful places for people to enjoy, wildlife to flourish and trees to grow.
Commenting on the Forest Live gigs, Madness said, “Madheads come down to the woods, you’ll be in for a big surprise!”
Madness with special guests The Farm and guest support Emily Capell
Saturday 13 June: Westonbirt Arboretum, near Tetbury, Glos.
Saturday 20 June: Thetford Forest, near Brandon, Suffolk.
Tickets £47.00 (plus £5.70 booking fee) go on sale at 9am Friday 13 December from Forestry England box office tel 03000 680400 or buy online: www.forestryengland.uk/music