House of Common festival preview: Madness host special one-day event 'or the love of the common people'

Toots & The Maytals and David Rodigan feature on a ska-inspired line-up

Ryan Ramgobin
Monday 22 August 2016 11:40

Bank holidays provide the perfect excuse for a long weekend of excess; but this year - save the best till last as long-running ska-band Madness are hosting a summer party on Monday 29 August in London’s Clapham Common.

It will be the inaugural outing for ‘House of Common’, a special event curated by Madness: “We are honoured and privileged that London has found us a place where for one day every year we can have our very own festival, we here by name that day House of Common”

“See you in Clapham Madheads… For the love of the common people.”

Joining Madness is a dream line-up for fans of reggae and ska – a particular highlight being a rare performance by Toots & The Maytals.

With a back catalogue full of classics spanning over twenty studio albums, it will certainly be a bank holiday to remember.

Elsewhere, David Rodigan MBE will be entertaining with his trunk load of dubplates.

Congo Natty and fellow dub heavyweights like General Levy and Sweetie Irie will also be sharing the stage in an UK-festival exclusive.

There’s a sprinkle of jazz provided by the likes of New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band and UK’s own funk-and-soul stalwart, Craig Charles.

And there’s even something for the kids in areas dubbed as ‘Minor Madness’ and ‘Rave-a-Roo’. They start so young.

Tickets are priced at £45 and the event is expected to sell out in advance.

Full line-up: Madness, Toots & The Maytals, David Rodigan, Norman Jay Mbe, Congo Natty & The UK All Stars, Mike Skinner & Murkage Present Tonga, Ms. Dynamite, Kiko Bun and very special guest Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Hot 8 Brass Band, Craig Charles, Terry Farley, Spring King, Toddla T, Rob Da Bank, Hollie Stephenson, Reggae Roast

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