8-12th JULY 2020
Henley Festival

Madness

8:45 pm on Wednesday 8th July 2020

The Floating Stage - Sponsored by Westcoast


Madness is a band that retains a strong sense of who and what it is. Many of the same influences are still present in their sound–ska, reggae, Motown,rock’n’roll, rockabilly, classic pop, and the pin-sharp vernacular of their beloved London streets. It may be refined and updated, but its essence remains clear and true. This is what they do best. “You may use the same colours,” says Cathal, “but you don’t want to paint the same painting.”Most colourful of all is Madness’ ability to write songs that sparkle with the stuff of British life; that find poetry in everyday reality–not the faux bright lights of celebrity; songs that may not shy away from death or darkness, but retain the right to employ wit and warmth. They are songs that have left their mark on British pop culture; their spirit endures in the music of Blur, the Streets, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen, Sway and Plan B (Cathal co-wrote Great Day for a Murder on Ill Manors and appeared briefly in the film.)


FESTIVAL TIPS

ARRIVE EARLY

There’s so much to experience at the Festival it’s worth being ready to go when the gates open at 6pm.

DIG OUT YOUR BEST FROCK

You can never be overdressed at Henley!

FOOD & DRINK

DRINK WITH A VIEW

Head to the Moet Champagne lawn for a glass of fizz and an amazing view of the river.

HUNGRY?

All our non-bookable restaurants are open throughout the evening and are less busy during the floating stage concert.

YOUR VISIT

WHAT SHALL I WEAR?

The Festival has a black tie dress code.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?

The car park opens at 4pm, Festival gates open at 6pm.

DO I NEED A WRISTBAND?

Wristbands will be given out at the Festival gates upon presentation of a valid ticket.

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR REGULAR FESTIVAL UPDATES

Your email address