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MADNESS SUPPORT ACTS ANNOUNCED

2 June 2015

Find out who else is playing at Fratton Park

Some top local music talent will be on the bill supporting Madness as the countdown to the sell-out concert at Fratton Park continues.

Madness roll into Portsmouth on Saturday as part of their Grandslam tour of iconic sporting venues across the UK.

Acoustic solo singer/songwriter Cold Heart Revue will be playing the first live set of the day at 5.30pm, then nine-piece Jamaican ska, RnB and soul band The Racketeers will follow suit at 6pm.

These two Portsmouth acts will be followed by Chainska Brassika, an eight-piece south London ska outfit. Holding the sets together will be another Madness tour stalwart DJ Darren, who will kick off proceedings with a ska set at 4pm.

Anna Mitchell, head of commercial partnerships at Pompey, who has been involved along with others at the club in organising the concert, said: “These are some great support acts who we know the crowd will adore.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for some local bands to show what they can do in front of a wider audience and with the DJ Darren ratcheting up the atmosphere with his renowned up-tempo sets, it promises to be an evening to remember.

“I’m also really looking forward to seeing Chainska Brassika perform as well. They are a young and energetic band, who Madness specifically asked to accompany them on this tour.”

A limited number of general admission tickets for the gig are available direct from Ticketmaster. There are also a few remaining hospitality and VIP Victory places available. For more details please call (023) 9277 8555.

The programme for the concert is as follows:
Gates Open: 4pm
DJ Darren: 4pm-5.30pm
Cold Heart Revue on stage: 5.30pm-5.50pm
Changeover/DJ Darren: 5.50pm-6pm
The Racketeers on stage: 6pm-6.30pm
Changeover/DJ Darren: 6.30pm-7pm
Chainska Brassika on stage: 7pm-7.45pm
Changeover/DJ Darren: 7.45pm-8.15pm
Madness on stage: 8.15pm-9.45pm
Event Ends: 10pm

Band profiles

Acoustic solo singer/songwriter from Portsmouth.

Eight-piece Jamaican RnB /Ska/Blues and Soul band from Portsmouth. The Racketeers formed in 2004, starting as a five-piece traditional Ska band that would play pubs and music venues in the Portsmouth area, supporting the likes of Desmond Dekker, Selector and Bad Manners. The Racketeers are now an eight/nine-piece Jamaican R&B, Ska, Soul band that get people moving and jumping to their infectious beat. May the sun keep on shining.
 
Eight-piece Ska band from south-east London. Invited by Madness to join them on tour and they will be appearing at most of the dates. The band has an album out in November. Chainska Brassika went to school together and have been playing for eight years. Tight as performers, this band is very energetic.

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