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Suggs: I'm writing songs for new Madness album

21 Mar 2014

Music gossip

Suggs has started writing songs for a new Madness album. The 53-year-old singer has revealed the band are heading into the studio this summer to start recording their 11th studio LP. Suggs has rediscovered his passion for songwriting and has been…

RockNess - Clunes Farm, Dores, Sun 9 Jun 2013

18 Jun 20134 stars

Part 2 of our RockNess review coverage features Lianne La Havas, Madness and Camera Obscura

At any British festival the tendency is to review the weather first, and RockNess certainly comes off best when you do that in this case. Sunday’s line-up rounded off a glorious Highland weekend in one of Scotland’s most scenic spots, with a diverse…

Matt Bellamy wanted classical career

8 Mar 2013

Music gossip

Matt Bellamy wanted to be a classical musician. The Muse frontman - who plays piano and guitar on stage with the group - always dreamed of pursuing a music career, but never expected to get into rock. He admitted: "When I was younger, my dream was…

Plan B, Alabama 3 and The Futureheads added to line-up for RockNess 2013

1 Mar 2013

The Temper Trap, Joris Voorn, Len Faki, Carl Craig, Nic Fanciulli and more also announced

A new batch of confirmed acts for RockNess 2013 has been announced, with Plan B leading the pack as a headliner. The Temper Trap, Alabama 3, Joris Voorn, Len Faki, Carl Craig, Nic Fanciulli, Netsky Live!, The Futureheads, Mark Henning, Alex Metric, Matt…

Fatboy Slim, Madeon and Steve Aoki added to RockNess 2013 line-up

11 Feb 2013

Julian Bashmore, Skream and Benga, Above & Beyond and more also confirmed

RockNess organisers have announced Fatboy Slim as their ‘very special guest’ in their latest additions to the festival’s already extensive line up. Returning to his spiritual home, he sent this message to his ‘RockNessers’: 'RockNess, I’ve missed…

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Example, Basement Jaxx and more announced for RockNess 2013

30 Jan 2013

Madness, Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club, Ellie Goulding, Jessie Ware and more also announced

Example, RockNess and Madness have been announced as three of the acts appearing as part of Rock Ness 2013. Example is best known for his tracks ‘Kickstarts‘ and ‘Changed the Way You Kissed Me’, while Basement JAXX are returning with rumours of a new…

Muse: Rock music could start a revolution

12 Jan 2013

Music gossip

Muse thinks rock stars could spark a revolution. The 'Madness' band thinks the link between politics and music is stronger than ever, and a band with the right message could trigger a political change. When asked if a rock band could spark a…

Madness want BRIT Award

13 Nov 2012

Music gossip

Madness think they deserve a BRIT Award. The 'Baggy Trousers' hitmakers - who rose to fame in 1978 - are disappointed they have never been awarded the 'Outstanding Achievement' accolade at the annual ceremony despite their long and successful career…

Madness an Older One Direction?

2 Nov 2012

Music gossip

Madness think of One Direction as a younger version of themselves. The ska legends performed alongside the 'Live While We're Young' hitmakers during the closing ceremony of London's 2012 Olympics in August and despite the difference in genre, singer…

Arctic Monkeys and Madness up for AIM awards

27 Sep 2012

Music Gossip

Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Madness are all nominated for Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards. The annual awards show honours UK acts signed to independent labels, with this year's nominations led by heavy metal group Enter Shikari, who have…

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Madness frontman Suggs tells life story at 2012 Edinburgh Fringe

11 Jul 2012

20 fascinating facts about the 80s superstar

1 His real name is Graham McPherson. 2 He was born on 13 January 1961 in Hastings (‘on a stormy night’, according to the man himself), the only child of William Rutherford McPherson, who left home shortly after his son was born and was never heard…

Elbow and Biffy Clyro join Isle of Wight Festival

2 Dec 2011

Music Gossip

Elbow, Biffy Clyro and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have joined the line up for the Isle of Wight Festival 2012. A host of new acts have been added to the bill for the festival, which takes place on the island - just off the mainland of the…

Mad weekend

15 Aug 2011

Music Gossip

Madness' House of Fun Weekender will be a "24/7 mad piece of s**t". The 'One Step Beyond' band are staging a two day event in Minehead in Southern England and singer Suggs promises the band have put a lot of effort into making the event as action…

Madness, Kelis, The Waterboys and Tinchy Stryder play Northern Lights festival

30 May 2011

New Aberdeen music festival boasts Edwyn Collins and Paloma Faith

The one for … hitting the north Northern Lights Introducing a brand new contender to Scotland’s expanding festival scene, as Northern Lights welcomes an unexpectedly star-packed line-up to Seaton Park, a public field on the north of Aberdeen’s city…

T in the Park 2010: Running order

7 Jul 2010

If you're heading to Balado this weekend you'll want to see this - the full running order for Scotland's mightiest music festival. Please note that the running order is subject to change, so we'll try to keep it as up to date as possible.

Madness at Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Suggs interview

18 Dec 2009

Mad for it

The trick for Hogmanay is finding a band everyone loves; an act that crosses over generational and cultural divides and that gets a crowd – any crowd – jumping. Edinburgh’s Hogmanay has excelled in the task this year by booking Madness to headline the…

Dancing in the street

19 Nov 2009

Not for nothing is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay thought to be one of the best in the world; four days of festivities jam-packed around one of the biggest street parties in the world. Now, after a lacklustre start, it seems the names are coming thick and fast.

2009 Mercury Music Prize shortlist on show

24 Jul 2009

Regardless of who triumphs, contenders' nomination is gain enough

This past year has seen Elbow prove to all just what a Mercury win can do to a band's career. Though toiling for near 15 years in relative indie obscurity, seemingly destined to never play the arenas their songs merited, their 2008 victory for fourth…

Our House

3 Jul 2008

MUSICAL Theatre Royal, Glasgow, until Sat 5 Jul; Playhouse, Edinburgh, Mon 7–Sat 12 Jul Following in the footsteps of popular jukebox musicals Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You, comes this effort from writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls), featuring the…