Madness + Chainska Brassika + By The Rivers
Saturday 11th July 2015
Rhyl Events Arena
You know I love Rhyl, right? Great place. Under rated. But that’s ‘cos most people don’t know where to find the cool stuff (Star Wars figures, comic books, skateboards, music, general paraphernalia). On Saturday 11th July, however, you couldn’t miss the cool stuff. It was right on the promenade, in front of the beach, at the Rhyl Events Arena.
And the cool stuff was legendary ska/80’s pop maestros Madness.
There have been a lot of rock and punk bands reviewed at the Virtual Hot Tub lately, so it’s about time for something a little different. Madness were probably the first band I was ever a fan of, back when I was just Bronze Al. They were the soundtrack of every school yard and summer holiday when I was a nipper. I’ve listened to them ever since.
A surprise visit for the band to Rhyl was a great opportunity to catch the band live.
After a few hours in a local Tiki bar, my compadres and me made our way to the Rhyl Events Arena. The venue was outdoor on the prom, with a stage set up right across form the town.
Support bands By The Rivers and Chainska Brassika offered a warm welcome. Both bands were in a party mood playing variations on the ska/pop/reggae theme. Good musicianship and enthusiasm helped both bands reach out to the ever growing audience.
The rain held off for the evening and there was definitely a party atmosphere in the arena. By the time Madness arrived on stage, the good times were in full swing. The audience had obviously travelled from far and wide for this gig, and were keen to see the Nutty Boys in full force.
The first part of the set was a relaxed affair, with a few new numbers and lesser known tracks alternating the big hits. Step forward “Bed and Breakfast Man”, a lesser known song which should’ve been a single in the first place.
Rhyl lights up like in days gone by for the hit songs. We get “House of Fun”, “Baggy Trousers”, “Embarrassment”, “My Girl” – sparkling gems every one. It’s genuine pop classic after pop classic for the large part of the set. If only the funfair was still open, it would’ve been perfect. A fine way to reminisce of summer holidays past!
Madness give a great performance, punctuated with some banter and fun along the way. My personal highlight is hearing “Our House” – my absolute favourite Madness track. An obvious choice, I know – but I don’t care.
The concert ends far too soon. A great night, thank you Madness for paying a trip to sunny Wales and gracing us with your eccentric pop genius.
And well done Rhyl. Let’s have more of it, shall we?
The Madness website is here.
The Rhyl Pavillion website is here.
My thanks to the Blazing Minds website, which I used to check some facts!
Great review Al, I love em
Thanks Rach! Sorry didn’t reply sooner, went to Parga…