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Standon Calling 2022: Madness to headline main stage on the Thursday plus Gabrielle, The Subways, The Skints, Nadia Rose, Lucy Blue, King Charles, The Cuban Brothers, Club de Fromage, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club and Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno also on the bill



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The Nutty Boys are heading for Standon Calling 2022! Madness have been announced as the first headliner for next year's music festival just seven miles from Bishop's Stortford.

Singer Suggs and the rest of the six-piece band will become the event's first ever Thursday night main stage headliner.

Joining the Camden posse to kick off the festival will be Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno. The covers band, fronted by Bishop's Stortford's own Simon Baker, are a firm favourite with revellers at the Lordship.

Madness, from left, Mike Barson (keyboards), Lee Thompson (saxophone), Graham "Suggs" McPherson (vocals), Chris "Chrissy Boy" Foreman (guitar), Dan "Woody" Woodgate (drums) and Mark "Bedders" Bedford (bass)
Madness, from left, Mike Barson (keyboards), Lee Thompson (saxophone), Graham "Suggs" McPherson (vocals), Chris "Chrissy Boy" Foreman (guitar), Dan "Woody" Woodgate (drums) and Mark "Bedders" Bedford (bass)

Festival founder and director Alex Trenchard said: "Madness have consistently been the most in-demand act for years now, and when I walk through the village, grab a sandwich from Days or have a local pint, Madness is always the band I'm asked to book. I'm delighted to say that 2022 is the year we're making it happen."

The core of the band – Mike Barson on keyboards and vocals, Chris Foreman on guitar and Lee Thompson on saxophone and vocals – formed as the North London Invaders in 1976 as part of the two-tone ska revival.

By 1979, when they changed their name to Madness after a brief stint as Morris and the Minors, they had added singer Graham "Suggs" McPherson – who had previously been kicked out of the band for too often choosing to watch Chelsea instead of rehearsing – bass player Mark Bedford and drummer Dan Woodgate.

Madness, from left, Lee Thompson (saxophone), Mark "Bedders" Bedford (bass), Dan "Woody" Woodgate (drums), Mike Barson (keyboards), Chris "Chrissy Boy" Foreman (guitar) and Graham "Suggs" McPherson (vocals)
Madness, from left, Lee Thompson (saxophone), Mark "Bedders" Bedford (bass), Dan "Woody" Woodgate (drums), Mike Barson (keyboards), Chris "Chrissy Boy" Foreman (guitar) and Graham "Suggs" McPherson (vocals)

More than 40 years on, they still perform with six of the seven members of their original line-up; Chas Smash, who joined later in 1979, is the only absentee from their heyday.

Between 1980 and 1986, Madness clocked up 214 weeks on the UK singles chart and have released 15 UK top ten singles, including One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and the chart-topping House of Fun.

Our House was their biggest US hit, reaching No 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2000, the band received the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection.

Madness are already looking forward to joining the festival for four days of entertainment from Thursday to Sunday, July 21-24: "Standon... It's North London Calling... Madness are coming! It's been over two years since we were let loose in the fields of green and we can't wait. Can we judge the dog show please?"

Gabrielle (53478324)
Gabrielle (53478324)

Joining Madness on the Thursday line-up will be R&B singer Gabrielle, who topped the charts with her debut single, Dreams, in 1993. She will be bringing a host of summer vibes with favourites like Sunshine and Rise plus tracks from her comeback album, Do It Again.

Hertfordshire indie and grunge heroes The Subways, from Welwyn Garden City, will play Standon Calling for the first time. Energetic performances by frontman, guitarist, songwriter and producer Billy Lunn and bassist Charlotte Cooper, now joined by new drummer Camille Phillips, made them favourites at The Square in Harlow before the venue closed.

Also on the bill are reggae, ska-punk and hip hop outfit The Skints, Croydon rapper Nadia Rose – who grew up with her cousin Stormzy and now writes songs for Rihanna and Melanie C – 19-year-old Dublin singer-songwriter and producer Lucy Blue and eclectic festival favourite King Charles.

The Subways – Billy Lunn and Charlotte Cooper – at YFE studios in September 2020
The Subways – Billy Lunn and Charlotte Cooper – at YFE studios in September 2020

The Cuban Brothers will also join the Thursday opening party for the first time along with the unrestrained antics of Club de Fromage and the legendary Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club.

A limited number of Thursday day tickets are available now, going on sale today (Thu Dec 2) alongside the last remaining tier 3 weekend tickets, which now include four headline shows at no extra cost. All tickets are available at www.standon-calling.com/tickets.

Croydon rapper Nadia Rose grew up with her cousin, Stormzy
Croydon rapper Nadia Rose grew up with her cousin, Stormzy
The Cuban Brothers (53449049)
The Cuban Brothers (53449049)
Craig Charles will be bringing his Funk and Soul Club
Craig Charles will be bringing his Funk and Soul Club
Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno are fronted by Bishop's Stortford boat dweller Simon Baker
Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno are fronted by Bishop's Stortford boat dweller Simon Baker
Standon Calling 2022 (53449115)
Standon Calling 2022 (53449115)


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