• Eve Watson

A Mad Night With Madness in Nottingham

If you’ve never heard of Madness you’ve been in hibernation since the 80s. Suggs and co certainly made their mark at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Monday (17 December) and it Must’ve Been Love for everyone in the audience.


Photo by Paul W Dixon

The Fratellis were an incredible choice to kick off the night. Jon Fratelli graced the stage wearing his classic white hat which was typically their style. He projected his chilled and relaxed vibe into his stage performance, and his guitar and vocals were seemingly effortless. Then, the song I’m sure the entire audience knew: ‘Chelsea Dagger’. Whether you’ve danced along to it at a wedding, drunkenly sung along to it in a night club or are a The Fratellis fan, everyone knows this timeless classic and it really prepared the audience for the main event.


Photo by Ally Clifton

Finally, Madness graced the stage. There was a mixture of all ages amongst the audience, and Suggs’ stage presence was incredible. The audience went wild, and the atmosphere was ecstatic. Their sound was just as enchanting live as it was on the radio or on TV, and it felt like the entire audience were singing every word of every classic the band performed.


Photo by Paul W Dixon

Photo by Paul W Dixon

To add to the already crazy evening, just less than half of the audience were clad in the classic red fez. It made me smile every time I looked down at the dancing crowd, and the cohesive atomosphere that night was something I don’t think I’ve ever experienced at a concert before. It’s truly a special spell Madness put over the audience.


Photo by Paul W Dixon

Overall, Madness were incredible; they were hypnotic on stage. Even if you’re not a die-hard fan, their music is so pleasurable for your ears you’d better catch them on their tour in 2018.

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