23rd January 2022

Squeeze‘s Chris Difford and Lightning Seeds to open for Madness in Taunton

Pop legends, Madness, who will kick-start a weekend of live music in Taunton, have today (Tuesday) announced two special guests joining them for the evening.

Madness, one of the most successful British bands of all time, will perform outdoors in the heart of Vivary Park on Friday 12 July.

Joining them for the evening is the infamous rock band, Lightning Seeds, fronted by Ian Broudie.

It will be one of just a handful of live shows for the band this year, as it marks the 25th anniversary of its Jollification album, which featured hits including Change, Lucky You, Marvellous and Perfect.

Its fourth album, Dizzy Heights also secured success for the band, but it was its single Three Lions, a collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, which was its first number one hit, reaching the top spot in 1996, 1998 and more recently, in 2018.

Speaking about the show, Ian Broudie, who is currently writing new music for Lightning Seeds, said:

“Performing outdoors always gives the show a brilliant atmosphere, so we can’t wait to get to Vivary Park in July, and open for the legendary Madness.”

Also performing is the Grammy nominated and two-time Ivor Novello award-winning lyricist, Chris Difford.

He will open the show ahead of Lightning Seeds, performing a catalogue of hits, such as Cool For Cars, Up the Junction and Tempted, from his time as the founding member of Squeeze.

Rebecca Corbett of LCC Live, said:

“Lightning Seeds are incredible live, and I expect that their addition to the line-up, along with Chris Difford, who is an exceptional musician, will be extremely popular with music fans, coming to see Madness.

A limited number of tickets are still available for this show. Don’t miss out on a great night – get your tickets now!”

This show is being organised by concert promoter LCC Live, as part of its Live in Somerset series of concerts.

Tom Jones will bring Live in Somerset to a close on the Sunday night (14 July), and Bananarama with special guests including Jason Donovan; Hazell Dean; Doctor and the Medics and Aswad, will perform on the Saturday evening (13 July).

Tickets can be purchased from the Ticketline website, by calling 0844 888 9991 or from Taunton’s Visitor Centre on Fore Street.