Madness help turn race­course into House of Fun!

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FFOS Las race­course be­came a House Of Fun on Satur­day night as more than 8,000 fans de­scended on the venue to see Madness play live.

The ska le­gends, which played Ffos Las as part of their A Day At The Races and Other Places tour, at­tracted the big­gest crowd Ffos Las has seen since open­ing a decade ago.

Fans donned their nat­ti­est out­fits – and some sported fezes, bowlers and replica saxes – to join the party at Trim­saran, with Suggs as their ring­mas­ter.

With more than 40 years of hit-mak­ing and 15 top 10 sin­gles to their name, Madness had a trea­sure trove of party num­bers to call upon to keep the au­di­ence en­ter­tained, and as One Step Be­yond gave way to other hits like Baggy Trousers, Our House and It Must Be Love it was clear the night was go­ing to be a mem­o­rable one.

The band’s in­fec­tious warmth in­spired the crowd, who raised their voices through­out, even calling the boys back on for an en­core with a rous­ing ren­di­tion of Hymns and Arias. The band re­sponded by com­ing back on to sing their ska an­them, Madness.

Fan, Hi­lary Mul­lan, aged 54 from Ystradg­yn­lais, said: “What an amaz­ing night! Some bands have a magic in­gre­di­ent that comes from gen­uine ca­ma­raderie – Madness have al­ways had it in spades.

“You don’t just get great tunes, de­cent mu­si­cian­ship and a ready-made party when you go to a Madness gig, you get to be a part of a band of brothers who have been mak­ing peo­ple smile, and who have had a good time do­ing so, for decades!”

Darren Cox, aged 45 from Swansea, said: “The Nutty Boys were on top form! I’ve al­ways wanted to see Madness live and they cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point!

“An ab­so­lute plea­sure to have watched one of the most iconic UK bands in the past 40 years – thank you Ffos Las for bring­ing them to this part of the world!”

Race­goer and Madness fan Veron­ica Jenk­in­sRouge said: “The at­mos­phere has been amaz­ing!

“It’s great to see peo­ple cheer­ing on the horses and get­ting in­volved in the sport be­fore the mu­sic.

“Both worked well and ev­ery­one seemed to have a blast! I’m look­ing for­ward to more live con­certs on race­days!”

Phil Bell, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor at Ffos Las, said: “It was lovely to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing the party at­mos­phere that Madness brought with them tonight – what a per­fect way to round off a great af­ter­noon of rac­ing.

“This was one of the big­gest live events we have held here and it is great to see that Ffos Las has be­come an es­tab­lished part of the en­ter­tain­ment cir­cuit in South Wales. We will con­tinue to serve up top-notch en­ter­tain­ment at Ffos Las at the year un­folds.

“We are pleased to be host­ing the band at our sis­ter venue, Chep­stow Race­course, on June 8 too, so if any­one missed it this week­end, it’s not too late, they can catch them there. Af­ter tonight’s show, I’m look­ing for­ward to it al­ready!”

A change of tack as Ffos Las gal­lops to­wards its tenth year: pages 18&19

Pic­tures: MGB Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Suggs con­ducts the crowd as Madness per­form at Ffos Las race­course on Satur­day night.

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