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Madstock '09 - Madness and The Pogues boost line-up

The Pogues

Story by Jack Foley

AS WIDELY anticipated, Madness will bring Madstock to the East End of London for the first time this century, on Friday, July 17, 2009, in Victoria Park – and details of the supporting cast have started to emerge.

Joining Madness for this special occasion will be The Pogues (pictured) and Man Like Me on the Main Stage and a whole Second Stage of entertainment featuring Bjorn Again, Hayseed Dixie, The Aggrolites and Scarlett And Viva with more to follow.

In addition, a whole Third Stage is still to be announced alongside other on-site entertainment and facilities.

Madness are one of the most important bands in UK music history. Their incredible run of hit singles beginning in the late 70’s are part of the nation’s consciousness.

Few bands can lay claim to the kind of immediacy that Madness’ classic singles possess and, 30 years since their debut single, The Prince, the seven remain a vital part of the cultural lifeblood of the country.

As with the Christmas tour, Madstock will be a chance for fans to hear the classics but also an opportunity to hear tracks from the forthcoming new Madness album, The Liberty Of Norton Folgate, due for release in May of this year.

The new album, the first from Madness since 1999’s Wonderful, saw The Guardian in that same review bestow critical acclaim on the new material noting that ‘their touch hasn’t deserted them’.

Tickets are priced at £35 (subject to booking fee) and are available from the usual outlets.