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Christmas starts early for Madhen
The run sees us playing 13 gigs there.
We’re adding synchronised video to our performance this year on the huge video screens which has been an exciting and technical challenge but it looks fantastic.
In between gigs at Old Billingsgate we’ll be fitting in other gigs in London, Manchester and Birmingham including the Tower of London and the Natural History Museum.
I’m sure Christmas Day will see us all with our feet up.
Madhen and Rob Brydon
As November draws to a close MADHEN are bracing themselves for the rollercoaster of December. The Christmas build up started on Wednesday with a gig for the O2 “Superfans” awards at Leicester Athena. Martyn, Paul and Andy joined comedian Rob Brydon on stage to provide the incidental walk-up music for the winners and a couple of impromptu Shakin Stevens tunes. Rob is a huge Shakin Stevens fan and once he discovered that Martyn is also Shaky’s musical director it was too good an opportunity to miss. Last night we played for a great crowd at Embankment Gardens in London for The Radley Foundation’s “The Silver Ball”. It was a charity event raising money to provide the best education for the children of members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or injured whilst serving our country. Tonight finds us playing at the Heathrow Sofitel with Bright Sky Events. It’s a great venue for a band, the staff are fantastically welcoming.
Next week we start our Christmas run at Old Billingsgate.
We’ve spent a lot of time this month getting ready for our Christmas run at Old Billingsgate including fantastic technical advances and new material. More of that when we have it all up and running. We’ll be fitting the studio preparation in between gigs through out November too.
Expect to hear studio recordings of some classic 80s tracks here soon. Kids In America is a favourite of the band and we’ve also recorded Spandau Ballet’s Gold and Starship’s Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now for our other incarnation as S080s.
…and finally…this month sees Paul, Martyn and Andy playing all the stings live for an awards ceremony with Rob Brydon, that should be fun