With three months to go until the 2013 Henley Festival, it’s no surprise that Friday is by far the hottest ticket. Judging by last year’s event 

Madness front man Suggs showed more than a touch of enthusiasm for performing at Henley Festival when attending the 2012 Henley Festival as a guest he decided to go one step beyond…

‘Madness’ from Suggs at Henley Festival 2012

Midway through a performance by Sting, the famous front man, by this point rather inebriated, had a solo moment of madness, clambering on stage and attempting to turn Sting’s solo into a duet. (un)Fortunately, Suggs was escorted from the stage before he was able to perform. Sting took the whole event in good humour and continued his performance unflustered.

Though rather under the influence, Madness fans at can look forward to the 2013 Henley Festival knowing that Suggs and co. have lost none of the wacky showmanship and flair for entertainment with which they made their name in the 1980’s.


Madness at the 2013 Henley Festival

Taking to the stage at 8.45 on Henley Festival’s famous floating stage, the riverside sunset with its plush lawns and some eccentric fancy-dress on display make Henley Festival an excellent venue to see Madness in concert.

Madness remain a band for the big occasion with 2012 performances at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

Formed in 1976, Madness’s distinctive style incorporates ska, pop, 2tone, new wave and reggae and became one of the most prominent bands in the 1980’s. They retain the core of their original line up having reformed in 1992.

Mad Madness Facts

  • The band’s original name was The North London Invaders and was renamed Madness in 1979
  • Together with UB40, Madness hold the record for most weeks spent in the UK charts in the 1980’s with 214
  • Graham “Suggs” McPherson was kicked out of the band in 1977 for missing too many rehearsals to watch Chelsea play football. He was allowed to rejoin in 1978
  • In 1991 A number of north London residents reported an earthquake which was later attributed to a Madness Concert at Finsbury Park.