Posted: Thu 10th Mar 2016

Madness will turn Cyfarthfa Castle into a House of Fun for one memorable summer night this August! /
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 10th, 2016

Great British pop legends Madness, who have been thrilling audiences over three decades with their 15 UK Top Ten hits, are coming to Merthyr Tydfil on August 19, turning Cyfarthfa Castle into a House of Fun for one memorable summer night. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The band from Camden Town, whose famous catalogue includes their Number 1 single House of Fun; Wings of a Dove; Nightboat to Cairo; Baggy Trousers; The Prince; My Girl; It Must Be Love; Driving In My Car; Embarrassment; One Step Beyond; and Our House, spent 214 weeks on theUK singles chart in the 1980s, and received much critical acclaim for their recent albums, The Liberty of Norton Folgate, and Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da. They even had a West End musical, Our House, based on their songs, and created and curate the House of Fun weekender, now in its sixth year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The concert is being promoted by the Wales-based former Regional Promoter of the Year Orchard, from where Dave Driscoll said: “Madness are a massive name in UK music, so it’s terrific to get them to do an outdoor concert at Cyfarthfa Park this summer. It’s a venue we know well, so I’m sure they’ll draw a great crowd, and get a wonderful reception.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In 2012 the band memorably performed from the roof of Buckingham Palace at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, with accompanying animations projected onto the palace front. In August, the band was the first to perform at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Orchard is working with the newly formed Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, whose Chief Executive, Richard Marsh, said: “We are thrilled to at last be able to announce that Madness are on their way to Merthyr. Securing a major event such as this in our very first year as the new Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust has been a great achievement for our team and will be an excellent opportunity for us to show visitors just what we have to offer at Cyfarthfa Park and across the Merthyr borough.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Madness have won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song for the international hit Our House, received another Ivor Novello Award for an Outstanding Song Collection, they were awarded the MOJO Hall of Fame Award, and in 2010, Madness were awarded the Idol Award at the Q Awards in London. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 10am and are available from the locations below plus the Box Office on 02920 230130. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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