Sheffield date for Madness with special guests Squeeze - here's what you need to know

British pop giants Madness are planning a big Christmas party at Sheffield Arena.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 10:16 am

The Nutty Boys bring The Ladykillers Tour to Sheffield Arena on Saturday, December 4 and tickets go on sale at 9.30am on Friday, May 21 at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk.

The band, whose three-part AMC documentary Before We Was We is out on BT TV, looking back at their origins in 1970s Cameden in north London, are planning a right raucous live Sheffield bash as part of their new tour.

The show by the stars of the 2 Tone ska revival of the late 1979s and 80s will feature lots of hits from their back catalogue.

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The band also premiered a global livestreamed show, The Get Up!, on Friday night live from the world-famous London Palladium.

Scripted by comedian and writer Charlie Higson, the evening featured two sets of classic Madness songs including Our House, One Step Beyond and Baggy Trousers and Comedy. It featured keyboard player Mike Barson as the Queen and had guest appearances by Paul Weller and Roland Gift.

The stream also saw Madness premiere three new songs, Cruellest Comedy, If I Go Mad and Baby Burglar, giving fans a tantalising glimpse of their future direction.

Madness, who head to Sheffield Arena in December
Madness, who head to Sheffield Arena in December

Throughout their five-decade career, Madness have had 10 UK top ten albums, 15 top ten singles and have won a multitude of awards including a prestigious Ivor Novello. They’ve performed on the top of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and set the record for the biggest-ever audience for the BBC’s Live New Year’s Eve Broadcast - the most watched TV music event of 2018.

Guests Squeeze formed in 1973, shortly after Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had begun their songwriting partnership. By 1977 they had made their recording debut and enjoyed a string of hits, including Pulling Musxcles, Up the Junction, Cool for Cats and Take Me I’m Yours.

Following solo careers, the Ivor Novello Award-winning duo reunited in 2007 to relaunch Squeeze and have been touring, writing and recording together ever since. They returned to the UK album charts and airwaves with 2015 album Cradle To The Grave and The Knowledge in 2017.

For details of The Ladykillers tour, go to https://madness.co.uk/ladykillers/

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, left, of Squeeze