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It's going to be Madness this summer

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8:33am 23rd January 2018
(Updated 10:53am 23rd January 2018)

It's going to be a summer of Madness at an historic venue in our region.

1980's band Madness are bringing their 'House of Fun' to Alnwick Castle as part of a July tour.

Music fans will get the chance to go One Step Beyond on July 14th at the Northumberland venue.

It's one of only 4 dates they're performing at UK stately homes.

Tickets go on sale on Friday morning at 9am.

The British pop icons, who have been thrilling audiences for almost four decades, will headline four open air gigs bringing their unique sound to:

July 6 - Englefield House, Reading
July 7 - Euston Park, Thetford
July 13 - Ragley Hall, Alcester
July 14 - Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

MADNESS Alnwick Castle

The last couple of years have been truly sensational for Madness as they followed up a phenomenal 2016 appearance on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage with the release of their 11th studio album - the critically acclaimed Can't Touch Us Now.

Featuring the hit single Mr Apples, it instantly went Top 5.

The band's tour is presented by promoters Cuffe and Taylor, whose director Peter Taylor said:

"Madness are a Great British institution who remain one of the best live acts around."

"We worked with them at both Lytham Festival and Scarborough Open Air Theatre in 2017 and their show is a night of Madness-style mayhem with unbridled fun and songs that have become ingrained into the nation's musical psyche over the last 30 years."

"We are now delighted to be presenting their four-date stately home tour and look forward to what will be a mad summer with these guys."

"All four venues are beautiful properties and to close the tour in the majestic surroundings of Alnwick Castle will be incredible."

A proud and original line-up often referring to themselves as a dysfunctional but happy family Suggs, Mike "Barzo" Barson, Chris "Chrissy Boy" Foreman, Lee "Kix" Thompson, Daniel "Woody" Woodgate and Mark "Bedders" Bedford have played to millions of fans over the last 40 years.

Formed in Camden in 1976, they have chalked up 15 UK Top 10 singles - including the timeless Our House, It Must Be Love, One Step Beyond, My Girl, Wings Of A Dove and Baggy Trousers - together with seven Top 10 albums.

Known for their cheeky humour and musical eclecticism, this "dysfunctional family" create a unique sound that comes into its own on stage and continues to endear them to fans new and old.

Tickets for Madness go on general sale at 9am this Friday (January 26th) from www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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