What can I say? This has to go down as one of the best live shows I have ever been to. A totally different experience to what I have been used to at a gig. I didn't stop moving at all and I mean At All. There are no slow songs at a Madness gigs. There are no real 'watch and admire' songs. Well maybe their cover of It Must Be Love but really that is it. Every other song just makes you want to dance. Now when I say 'dance' I really mean jumping up and down, barging into the people next to you who in turn push you back all in the name of ska.
From the word go the entire floor is a heaving mass of people. I don't think I have ever had so much fun at a concert before. Nor have I ever sweated quite as much. Myself and fellow gig goer Matt had a whale of a time. Apart from being mistaken for a gay couple that is. Just because we are two baldy feckers and were at the gig together doesn't mean we are an item. Admittedly the girl that thought that was rather worse for wear but still it was a bit of a put down when we were there trying to act cool.
The gig was immense. Madness have so many classic songs but tonight they also gave a sneak preview of the forthcoming new album Liberty Of Norton Folgate (it was to become one of their finest albums ever) with new song NW5. Tonight though it is the classics that the crowd are here for. Our House, One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun, It Must Be Love, Wings Of A Dove...the list is endless.
Fabulous stuff from a band that may never be as successful as they once were but creatively are on a roll and live they are second to none. Strangely it seems to have taken until now, some thirty years into their existence, for them to be truly appreciated by the critics. Well the fans always appreciated them and rightly so. Legends.
Ticket: June 18th 2008
Ticket Price: €64.50