Madness at Detling County Showground near Maidstone- review

Ska legends Madness came to Maidstone yesterday, bringing a sea of fezzes with them.

South East Live organised a day of brilliant music at the County Showground in Detling, featuring two stages and a host of acts.

The Dualers, Dub Pistols, The Cuban Brothers, The Skatonics, The Aim, The Rash, The Gallerys and Rumblefish all made appearances on the lineup. 


With everything from tasselled jumpsuits, wrestling belts and breakdance, The Cuban Brothers gave a memorable performance, leaving the audience happily bewildered as they rattled off funky beats and pumped the crowd for the headliners.

All of the acts were brilliant, with a real effort been made to keep it local and fun, with bands from Maidstone and mentions of Canterbury and Whitstable.

As well as the music, the one-day festival boasted a range of food stands, two fairground rides and a wide selection of Madness merchandise, including branded fezzes.


They also had their own selection of drinks, including their official lager, Gladness, which had all but sold out a few hours in.

The nutty boys were on top form as they took to the stage, performing hits note perfect.

A real crowd pleasing band, they did all of their biggest songs, from Our House to Baggy Trousers, perfectly punctuated with new material that just shows how talented they are.

Madness fans

Madness fans

The audience came out in force too, with fezzes, braces and Doc Martens greeting Madness.

Suggs, a Kent lad, poured all of his energy into the performance, with his vocals echoing across the masses. 

Even though they’ve been going a while, their music and their stage presence hasn’t aged at all.


Detling County Showground is also a wonderful place to see bands, with stunning Kent scenery and ample space.

If you think you might not know any Madness songs, you’d be surprised – it’s almost a guarantee that you’ll find yourself singing along.  


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