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Madness, the first top music act confirmed to play at Sandown Park Racecourse

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They performed from the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, played to a television of millions at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and this summer they will be singing live from the stage of Surrey’s Sandown Park, as the racecourse announces the first of its summer music nights, featuring the top international act MADNESS on Wednesday 17th July 2013. 

Madness are renowned for their high energy live shows and their love of British tradition, so what better summer venue to play at than Sandown Park Racecourse.

On the tour the band said, “A day at the races, British summer time, sounds suitably nutty to us!”

Winter 2012 saw the band complete their biggest tour to date, playing arenas all over the country, including two sell out nights at London’s O2 Arena. The tour received much critical acclaim, the Guardian said, ‘House Of Fun, Baggy Trousers, Our House and It Must Be Love is as remarkable run of indelible pop songs as you’ll hear any British band string together’. The Telegraph added, ‘Following their performances at the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, Madness seem finally to have attained the national-treasure status that they’ve long deserved.’

Madness are Britain’s most successful chart band in music history, having had twenty-one top-twenty singles in a seven year period from ’78-’86, and many more since (over 30 in total), which include ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Embarrassment’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘My Girl’ and ‘One Step Beyond’.  This was a great achievement and set the tone for almost three decades of complete Madness.  The band’s sound developed from their early ska routes, showing their love of Motown/Stax rhythms and three minute melodies almost ignored in Britain since the late 60’s. 

Today, you can hear them everywhere: in the hurdy-gurdy exuberance of The Kaiser Chiefs, in the staccato rhythms ofFranz Ferdinand, in the ska-tones of The Ordinary Boys and even in the clever knowing pop of Robbie Williams – Madness are all around us and now they’re back, bringing Madness to the masses again!

The band will perform a 90 minute live performance immediately after the last race.

Rupert Trevelyan, Regional Director – London commented: “We are delighted to welcome back Madness who played to a sell out audience at Sandown Park in 2008.  They are one of the most popular bands in the UK and following their huge impact on the British public last year, we look forward to another fantastic night of fun!”

Ticket prices:
£37 booked in advance
£20 for children aged between 5-17 years old
Children aged 0-4 years old get in for free

For further information or to book tickets please call Sandown Park on 01372 47 00 47 or visit www.sandown.co.uk.