Leeds Arena is alive to the sound of Madness

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff
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Forty years on and the Two-Tone revival is as popular now as it was in the late 70s and early 80s.

Madness brought their own revival back to West Yorkshire with their latest tour, The Sound of Madness to First Direct Arena in Leeds.

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

The bovver boot, bowler-hatted packed crowd were eagerly awaiting their beloved ‘Nutty Boys’ for another round of chart-smashing ska hits and, with four decades of success behind them, it wasn’t going to be a stand still and watch gig.

With a set list including chartbusters, One Step Beyond, My Girl, Wings of a Dove, House of Fun, Baggy Trousers and Night Boat to Cairo, to name but a few, Madness can afford to leave out a wealth of super hits and still have enough to fill a two-hour set.

Indeed Madness are now less of a band and more of a Great British institution.

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

Madness playing First Direct Arena, Leeds, on their Sound of Madness tour. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

The Fratellis supported Madness Madness at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff

The Fratellis supported Madness Madness at First Direct Arena, Leeds. Picture: Anthony Longstaff