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Madness to transform Audley End into House of Fun with summer concert supported by Lightning Seeds and Old Time Sailors

Madness will headline at Audley End next summer as part of the 2024 Heritage Live Concert series.

Suggs and the rest of the Nutty Boys will perform at the stately home and gardens near Saffron Walden as they make their way around the country on their C’est la Vie tour, marking 48 years as a band.

​On Friday August 2, they will be supported by special guests the Lightning Seeds and the Old Time Sailors.

The Nutty Boys are coming to Audley End - Madness will play on August 2 next year
The Nutty Boys are coming to Audley End - Madness will play on August 2 next year

Fans of the ska sound can expect a show teeming with hits from their unrivalled back catalogue plus songs from the new album, Theatre of the Absurd Presents C'est la Vie. On Friday it became the band’s first studio album to top the UK album charts.

Formed in 1976 in Camden, Madness have clocked up 16 singles in the UK top 10 including One Step Beyond, Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and Our House.

In 2000, they were awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.

Lightning Seeds
Lightning Seeds

Lightning Seeds are the brainchild of writer, singer, guitarist and producer Ian Broudie. Celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2024, their debut album, Cloudcuckooland, featured the hit single Pure in 1989.

The second album, Sense, followed before the release of the seminal album, Jollification, in 1994 which has so far sold nearly one million copies. Since 1996, the iconic single 3 Lions for the England football team has topped the charts many times over.

The show will be opened by the Old Time Sailors, who take audiences back to the 19th century with their immersive experience of seafaring music performed with traditional instruments.​

Tickets for the show will be available on pre-sale on Thursday (November 30) at 9am. Customers must pre-register at https://arep.co/p/madness-audleyend for pre-sale access. Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday (December 1) at 9am from www.axs.com/heritagelive.

Old Time Sailors
Old Time Sailors

Richard Ashcroft, former frontman of The Verve, has already been announced as the Audley End headliner for Saturday August 3 next year with support from Ocean Colour Scene and ex-Kasabian singer Tom Meighan.

​Promoter Giles Cooper, of GCE Live, said: “2024 is set to be another vintage year for Heritage Live at Audley End. Madness are an absolute favourite for so many and so we are delighted to be hosting them for what will truly be a sensational show."​

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