Leeds Arena is alive to the sound of Madness

Forty years on and the Two-Tone revival is as popular now as it was in the late 70s and early 80s.

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Madness brought their own revival back to West Yorkshire with their latest tour, The Sound of Madness to First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The bovver boot, bowler-hatted packed crowd were eagerly awaiting their beloved ‘Nutty Boys’ for another round of chart-smashing ska hits and, with four decades of success behind them, it wasn’t going to be a stand still and watch gig.

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With a set list including chartbusters, One Step Beyond, My Girl, Wings of a Dove, House of Fun, Baggy Trousers and Night Boat to Cairo, to name but a few, Madness can afford to leave out a wealth of super hits and still have enough to fill a two-hour set.

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Indeed Madness are now less of a band and more of a Great British institution.

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
The Fratellis supported Madness Madness at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff