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Madness announce HMV gig (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

MADNESS have announced a special live date at the HMV Store in London’s Oxford Street on Tuesday, May 19 – one day after the release of their new album.

Fans are advised to turn up early as demand is expected to be phenomental. The gig starts at 1pm.

On May 18, Madness release their first studio album since 1999’s Wonderful in the form of The Liberty Of Norton Folgate. The album comprises 14 tracks of quintessential Madness; subversive, expansive British pop music at its finest as you would expect from one of the country’s most successful and enduring bands.

As with all previous Madness albums, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate features songwriting contributions from across the band and is a timely reminder of the ability of this unique act to turn their hand to multiple musical styles.

The band’s home town is the star of the show from lead track We Are London through to the closing 10 minute finale of the title track, celebrated for its diversity and characters and as the backdrop to the tales of lives lived.

Few bands have come close to soundtracking London in the way of Madness and The Liberty Of Norton Folgate is an audio guide to the greatest city on earth.

The title is inspired by one of those wonderful quirks of British law. Norton Folgate is a small area of East London distinct from the surrounding borough in terms of local government, an original ‘libery’ drawing its administration from the people of the area.

Originally the haunt of actors and artists, including Christopher Marlowe, Norton Folgate is symbolic of the spirit and independence of London and its people, a city built on innovation and adventure.

The Liberty Of Norton Folgate sees a full return to the music world for the seven members of Madness following last year’s Christmas tour which culminated in a sold out celebratory home town show at The O2.

The band have already announced dates throughout June and July including the return of MADSTOCK to London’s Victoria Park on July 17.