Available for the first time in one complete package, the original Madstock ‘92 concert film on DVD + CD soundtrack will soon become available.
When a plan was hatched for a reunion of Madness — six years after the band had split in 1986 — no one could have predicted what would happen or how it would be received.
The event was to be held one weekend in a North London park in the summer of ’92, within a music scene that had embraced Madchester, acid house and the U.S. grunge explosion, while the band had been away.
Marking the first public appearance of all seven “nutty boys” since the split — it was a jubilant reunion, drawing 72,000 cheering fans to two jam-packed concerts in Finsbury Park, creating enough noise to register a 4.5 on the Richter scale.
Madness’s place in the canon of Great British Bands was assured and ‘Madstock’ — as it would later become known — was born.
Capturing the atmosphere & emotion of this massive summer festival in all its glory, the new film paints a vivid picture of that magical weekend, and it takes the listener in deep to the noisy, sweaty masses. The huge audience is a constant presence throughout, venting six years of pent-up enthusiasm for the band.
Such was the success of ‘Madstock’ — it would go on to become a biennial event — and was to be repeated in 1994, 1996 and 1998 with a fifth ‘Madstock’ concert held in 2009 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band.
We have been listening to ‘Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)’ from the Madstock soundtrack:
The overjoyed horns and plink-plonky keys help to accentuate the fun and intoxication on this vivacious number.
The musicianship is incredibly confident. There’s a sense of growing zest and ever-living spirit in each and every note…
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©
Madness’s ‘Madstock’ will be released 9th October on Salvo Sound & Vision, and features the original film and concert.