MADNESS NEWMARKET NIGHTS REVIEW- one step beyond brilliance
As soon as Madness set foot on the Newmarket Nights stage last night, you could tell they were up for one hell of a party.
Without a breath and a word, Saxophonist Lee Thompson blasted into One Step Beyond and started the 90-minute rollercoaster into the world of Madness.
The crowd was instantly up with them too, Suggs and the gang kept up the pace, rolling straight into their 1980’s track, Embarrassment.
The frontman, then greeted the crowd, explaining it was 40 years to the day that they had stood on the steps of the BBC before appearing on Top of the Pops.
The 1979 song from that show, The Prince, was the next offering to come out of the Madness back catalogue
Its Ska-inspired beat, resonated across the July Course and showed why, after four decades, their timeless tracks still give unlimited joy.
Songs including NW5, a Piano-led My Girl and The Sun And The Rain followed, until the addictively upbeat Wings Of A Dove brought back the fast-paced fun.
The Fez-clad crowd then enjoyed Driving In My Car, Bed And Breakfast Man, the gritty In My Street and Shut Up.
Through it all, Suggs commanded the stage with an air of authority that showed he still loved his musical vocation.
Mr Apples came next, before Madness gave the audience what they had been waiting for- a nostalgic sing-song and dance with House of fun, Baggy Trousers and Our House, which rocked the racecourse.
The biggest crowd pleaser went to It Must Be Love however, giving the band the perfect way to say goodnight.
Their break was predictably very short lived, returning for Madness They Call It Madness and Night Boat To Cairo as encores, to finish off the show and give the Fez brigade an incredible night at the races.
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