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Madness Information Service Online Newsletter Issue Number: 941 – Sunday 21st May to Saturday 27th May 2017

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We being this issue of the MIS with the news that the team are currently a man down.

Those who are friends with him on Facebook will know that Jonathan was taken into hospital at the start of the week, and at present he’s still in there, waiting for further news.

Ever the one to keep himself amused, he requested that friends message him abuse, with Jonathan nominating the most horrible message as the winner. The 10/10 ranked abuse came from Steve Chapman. Unfortunately it was so abusive we can’t actually print it in the issue.

On a serious note, we all wish Jon a very speedy recovery, and hope that he’s out of hospital soon and once again sailing in the good ship MIS.

Now, sit back and enjoy the read!

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams




See below for all forthcoming Madness and Madness related gigs and events. If there’s something we’ve missed off or you feel should be added then please let us know.



May 2017

Sunday 28th – Bearded Theory Spring Gathering, (Pallet stage headline), Derbyshire


June 2017 – The Cornish Leg

Friday 16th – Eden Sessions, Eden Project, St. Austell, Cornwall ** SOLD OUT **


July 2017

Sunday 2nd July – Spiritland Talks – Madness Q & A ** SOLD OUT **

Sunday 9th July – Bospop, Weert, Netherlands

Saturday 29th July, Camp Bestival – Headliners


August 2017

Thursday 3rd – Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Friday 4th – Falkirk Football Stadium


Saturday 5th – Lytham Festival, Lancashire
Monday 7th – Lokerse Festern, Belgium


Saturday 12th – Kent County Showground


Friday 18th – Hardwick Hall
Saturday 19th – V Festival, Hylands Park

Sunday 20th – V Festival, Weston Park
Friday 25th – Portsmouth – Victorious Festival Opening Party
Sunday 27th – The Big Feastival, Alex James’ Farm – Headliners. More info at:
Monday 28th – House of Common, Clapham ** Tickets now on sale! ** More info here: http://www.madness.co.uk/houseofcommon/


September 2017

1st-3rd Electric Picnic, Ireland  ** Sold out Festival**


November 2017

17th – 20th November – The House of Fun Weekender – Minehead


Our House Tour 2017


10th – 12th August – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

14th – 19th August –  Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

22nd – 26th August – Venue Cymru, Llandudno

29th August – 2nd September – The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare

5th – 9th September – Embassy Theatre, Skegness

11th – 16th September – Festival Theatre, Malvern

19th – 23rd September – White Rock Theatre, Hastings

3rd – 7th October – Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea

9th – 14th October – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

16th – 21st October – The Spa, Bridlington

24th – 28th October – Churchill Theatre, Bromley

30th October – 4th November – Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

8th – 11th November – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

14th – 18th November – Weymouth Pavillion, Weymouth

20th – 25th November – Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe


The Silencerz

Friday 23rd June – Mill Hill Festival

Saturday 22nd July – The 100 Club. Featuring Lee Thompson with support from The Skapones and MIS DJs

Near Jazz Experience

June 8th – Kino Teatr, St Leonard’s, East Sussex. Supporting Blurt.
** Rescheduled **


Voice of the Beehive

Saturday October 7th, Indie Daze. All Dayer from 1pm.  Kentish Town Forum. NW5 London


Madness – New Album – You Can’t Touch Us Now 

** Out Now! **

16 Track CD, 12 Track Vinyl


Don’t Let Them Catch You Crying – Remixes

Three new dub remixes of the track “Don’t Let Them Catch You Crying”, from the current album, are now available.

Leo Zero, the London based remixer and producer, has created the new mixes. You can buy them from Madness artist pages on iTunes and Amazon, and many other music sites. They can also be streamed through Spotify.

The mixes are the “Leo Zero remix” and his “Tufnel Parkas” mix, available both as a dub and full instrumental versions.

The former samples “Rocksteady beat” from the start of The Prince before riffing on the title song. The latter mixes make atmospheric use of the backing vocal stems and there is much looping of the guitar stabs on the tracks.

It’s perhaps fitting that Leo Zero has previously worked with Bryan Ferry, as this particular Madness track from the Can’t Touch us now LP is the most dance music based track from the latest batch of Madness and so suited to elongated 12″ length instrumental musings. Certainly more so than some others. Even if these remixes won’t dazzle the general fan, they are a nice experiment that highlight in stripped down parts, some of the elements that go towards the finished Madness song on the album.

We feel a dubplate coming on.


Jonathan Young. Our thanks also go to Mark Doherty for a heads-up.




Spot Yourself at Wirral Live’s Madness gig


The band got Prenton Park jumping on first day of festival.


Wirral Live got underway last night with a storming performance from ska-pop favourites Madness.

The group which were rarely off Top of the Pops in the ’80s looked very much at home on the stage in Prenton Park as they kicked off the three-day festival of music at Tranmere Rovers’ ground.

It was also a big day for fezzes, pith helmets and bomber jackets with tartan linings judging by the happy crowd who pogoed along to best of the band’s sizeable songbook.

Our photographer David Munn was at the ground to capture the fantastic atmosphere and snap some of the fans who were happy to pose for a pic.

Take a look at our gallery and see if you can spot yourself sharing in the Madness.




Madness @ Wirral Live’s Festival

Subscriber  Nicky Evans sent in the following short review, and posted the set list up to the bustling Invaders Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570740373157838/ 

Wirral was fab. [They] mixed it up a bit with the set.

[Bed and Breakfast] Man was back again and we got Don’t Let Them Catch You Crying.

Suggs forgot the first half of it but when he did catch up it was brill. He did say at the end “can you tell it’s the first time we’ve done that”.

(Chrissy boy has commented that yes, they ballsed it up slightly but it’s now in the set and would be for House of Common. Great news for those who saw the Xmas tour and want a little something new for the summer gigs)

[There was] no Woody as he’s had an accident on a quad bike with his Mrs though I think Mrs woody came off worse. But he is ok recovering. Get well soon Woody.

Mez slotted in perfectly and looked like he was really enjoying it.

The set list:


The Prince


Mr. Apples

My Girl


Cardiac Arrest

Sun and the Rain


Shut Up

Wings of a Dove

Yesterday’s Men

Bed and Breakfast Man

Mumbo Jumbo

Grey Day

Don’t Let Them Catch You Crying

One Step Beyond

House of Fun

Baggy Trousers

Our House

It Must be Love




Night Boat to Cairo


A proper good performance and Mez fab for standing in for Woody poorly Woody. The crowd were dire, though.

Nicky Evans




This week, MIS co-editor Rob Hazelby, goes back in time to report on what was going on in the world of Madness 5 years, 10 and 15 years ago this week.

5 years ago…

Issue Number 680 – Sunday 20th May – Saturday 26th May 2012

The issue began with an article and interview with Suggs from the breakingnews.ie web site. While it focussed on Suggs’ well known coccyx story, it did also contain a number of interesting tidbits which included the mention of a Christmas tour and a new album!

Elsewhere, and news was rather thin on the ground. We reported that the legendary Blockheads would be headlining this year’s Volksfest festival, and that the band were currently celebrating their 35th year on the road! The majority of the article was an interview with the band’s new frontman Derek Hussey, who explained how he’d gone from being Ian’s driver and right hand man to the face of the band.

We continued with the not-quite-Madness-related news with a heads-up from Tony Stratton, who was currently running a competition on www.krystalradio.net  to win 2 standing tickets for The Dualers Live at o2 indigo in London’s o2 Arena on Saturday 9th June.

It was back to Madness related news for the next article, as subscriber Lisa Smith reported that her friend had won two tickets to the forthcoming Queen’s Jubilee Concert, and that her friend would be taking her with her. Lisa promised to take some smashing photos of the band who were due to perform there, and to regale us with her experiences.

We brought this issue to a close by congratulating Paul Birch and his good lady on the birth of their daughter.

We were certain that many sleepless nights would follow!

Two days after this issue went out we had to then sent out a special mid-week bulletin. Why? Only because the Christmas 2012 tour dates had been announced. Yes, we were still in May and now talking about Christmas!

The dates were:


Wed 28 – Dublin O2
Fri 30 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena


Sat 01 – Brighton Centre
Mon 03 – Bournemouth B.I.C
Tue 04 – Plymouth Pavilions
Thu 06 – Nottingham Capital FM Arena
Fri 07 – Liverpool Echo Arena
Sat 08 – Newcastle Arena
Mon 10 – Glasgow SECC
Tue 11 – Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Thu 13 – Birmingham LG Arena
Fri 14 – London The O2

10 years ago…

Issue 420 – Sunday 20th May to Saturday 26th May 2007

This issue began with congratulations, as readers Andy Thomas and Emma Spate tied the knot in Nailsea, Bristol on the Friday prior to the MIS going out. A fantastic day was had, not just by the happy couple, but also the people who they invited along to share in their special day.

Normally we’d refrain from covering weddings in the MIS, but as this one turned out to be more than a little different we devoted a entire section the issue to the event. Why? Well, there was ‘such’ a Madness theme to the day’s proceedings that we felt we just ‘had’ to let you know what went on.

Elsewhere, and some of our more long standing readers may have remembered that back in MIS 353 we ran an article about a student who was studying at the university of Wales and was about to undertake an anthropological study of Madness fans.

Lisa Search was completing a module in “the study of people and society”, as part of her course.

At the time we couldn’t mention the premise of the study in any detail incase that would have ruined the data being collected by questions in the study. Many readers did offer their help and Lisa sent them a detailed questionnaire to complete containing questions on Madness fandom.

A year later, and we were happy to report back that Lisa had since graduated… Well done! .. with the project being a successfully completed pass. She thanked everyone who helped and we could now reveal what it was all about. And it was something that academically confirmed a whole new status to being a fan of the band.

It was over to site maintainer, Simon Roberts, next. The MIS web site revamp had been long overdue, and now Simon was here to explain how the site was interactive, how you could become a member and then be able to submit news articles, plus download bootleg audio and videos clips from performances down the years.

More exciting still was that Simon was promising that the revamped site would be online by the following week!

We finished with the news that a “Madness Brit Award” MySpace page had been created, and the author was looking to others to help spread the word and sign the petition.

Intrigued by such a campaign we contacted the author who explained how and why they’d started the campaign, and how others could help it get off the ground.

15 years ago…

Issue 158 – Sunday 19th May to Saturday 25th May 2002

We started the issue off by praising Carl and his promotional team for the tremendous effort they seemed to be putting in to pushing his forthcoming World Cup single, ‘We’re Coming Over’. Not only had fans already been invited to attend the video shoot and radio appearances, but the invite was now extending to attending the single launch day, too.

Carl also had time to promote the single on Talk Sport, where he was a guest of Johnny Rotten’s, and also Radio 2, where he was a  guest of radio legend Steve Wright.

Carl wasn’t the only one to feature on the radio, as Suggs appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ show. MIS subscriber, Simsey managed to catch the interview with former newsreader, Sue Lawley, and was kind enough to submit a detail review of the programme.

Suggs’ eight choices for Desert Island Discs were:

– The Kinks, Village Green Preservation Society

– Ian Dury and The Blockheads, Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll

– The Clash, London’s Burning

– Prince Buster, Al Capone

– John Betjman, On The Portrait of a Deaf Man

– Peggy Lee, Is That All There Is?

– Van Morrison, Cleaning Windows

– Julia London, Cry me a River

His castaway book was a book of Italian verbs. Apparently, he recently did a month’s intensive Italian after buying a home in Italy, and went slowly backwards.

His one luxury item would be a nucleus of bees. The Royal Jelly he reckoned would keep his skin smooth until he was rescued. Not to mention the honey, bees wax, and cold and cough remedies.

Rob Hazelby




We bring this issue to a close by wishing a certain Mr. Young and the Woodgates all speedy recoveries.

Hopefully Jon will be back at the helm of the MIS shortly, and Woody will be perched behind his drum kit once again.

Until next week, take care!

Jon Young, Rob Hazelby, Simon Roberts, Paul Williams

(With thanks to Nicky Evans)

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