Madness fans turned out on Friday night at the Henley Festival wearing trilbies, dark glasses and fezes to hear the ‘nutty boys’ from Camden sing their well-loved anthems. Suggs who made a cameo appearance at last year’s festival with Sting said, “It was great to be back here with Madness.”
Right from the opening song ‘One Step Beyond’ the audience danced and sang along as the deckchairs on the lawn were cleared away for another night of the festival.
The set included the classics – ‘It Must Be Love’, ‘Our House’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘House of Fun’. Half way through the performance Chris Foreman, guitarist in the band, took centre stage and did a great rendition of ‘New York, New York’.
Suggs did a shout out for the audience in the boats behind the stage but couldn’t quite get them to cheer loud enough over the crowd on the bank.
Described by many as the ‘best festival night ever’, the evening ended with an encore of ‘Madness’ and ‘Night Boat To Cairo’ when a few children from the audience joined the band on stage.
Madness left the stage to ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ – a very fitting end to a fantastic night.