Music review: Suggs: What a King Cnut at Leeds Town Hall

Suggs' Leeds Town Hall date was a sell out event, and it is clear why.

Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 12:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 12:30 pm
Suggs mixed songs and stories in his one-man show. Picture: Perou
Suggs mixed songs and stories in his one-man show. Picture: Perou

His evening of words and music was hilarious and uplifting for all. Many of the guests in the audience were clearly life-long Madness fans, but you didn’t have to be a groupie to enjoy it.

Suggs gives off a laidback impression, which makes you feel as though you’re sat having a pint with him in the pub listening to his stories, rather than sitting in an audience and watching him on a stage. It’s this inter-personal connection during the performance, which makes you forget altogether that it is a performance at all.

The honesty of his ridiculous antics really brings home the human side of celebrity culture. Suggs has a skill in story-telling, which makes it all the more memorable and entertaining.

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From dealing with his dead cat’s ashes, to forgetting the words to ‘Our House’ after singing it for 40 years, being named The Sun’s number 1 on the list of ‘Camden’s Caners’, to watching Amy Winehouse perform on her rise to fame – the show was hilarious, heart-warming, and human from the beginning.

There is no doubt that Suggs is a born-entertainer. The evening was a perfect mix of stories and music. Singing hit Madness songs such as Our House, got a great reaction from the audience. Thankfully, he didn’t forget any lyrics on the night.

And the audience certainly agreed. Laughter was a constant from the beginning until the end. Engaged and engrossed, the audience were involved. Football-related jokes could be heard being called out from members of the audience whenever his beloved Chelsea FC was mentioned. Suggs has a way of naturally creating a friendly atmosphere with his crowd.