Event Review: Madness at The O2 Arena, London

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Guest post by SuperBreak’s Dave Fox…

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What a weekend!

Just to start with a quick tip…

After the show we had to collect our son to bring him back to York, so drove down that weekend to do so. We parked at Cockfosters (it costs £4 for the whole weekend and CCTV covered and manned 24 hours) and used the tube to get in and out of the city centre. It was so quick and simple, and perfect if you need to take a car.

Now for the review…

We arrived early on the 20th to do a little Christmas shopping on Oxford Street and stayed at the Imperial Hotel as it was only a 10 minute walk there and back.

We decided to dine at the hotel before we left for the show, so went for the day/night bar looking onto Russell Square. The food was simple – Shepherd’s Pie for me. Fresh fish and chips for my wife, but very tasty and really reasonable priced as well.

We headed to The O2 around 6pm to have a drink, and get ready for the evening’s entertainment, a quick visit to the concession stand for a polo shirt and in we went.

The atmosphere was electric right from the start, the band was nowhere to be seen yet, but people were already hyped up with anticipation. At 7.30pm the lights went down and the warm up started. Scouting for Girls did a great job by getting everyone bouncing and the arena buzzing, until suddenly 2 great blasts of a horn came from the stage and the curtain whipped aside to Madness opening with, “Night Boat to Cairo”. The arena erupted and the roar was deafening. The blood was pumping and it simply didn’t stop.

They played some of the more obscure tracks from the early days along with some of the later releases until approximately 40 minutes from the end and they kicked in with all the old two tone tracks that made them so famous. The mosh pit was full of 40 year olds, plus guys reliving their glory days and I can honestly say “House of Fun” has never been more appropriate!

What a night… it was definitely my favourite O2 experience to date. The only down side is trying to walk the morning after you have spent the previous evening pogoing on 40 plus year old knees!

Are you a fan of Madness too? What other events at The O2 Arena in London would you love to see? Let us know below…

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