News & Features 20 Apr, 2021

Madness & Charlie Higson in The Get Up!

Madness & Charlie Higson in ‘The Get Up!’

May 14th at The World Famous London Palladium


One-Time-Only Global Livestream Scripted by Charlie Higson Featuring Live Music, Classic Madness Songs, New Madness Songs, Comedy, Mike Barson as HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Some Very, Very Special Guests


Tickets On Sale This Friday April 23rd at


After a year of kicking their heels and considering what alternative career options might still be open to them, British Pop Behemoths Madness have finally decided to dust themselves down, and get back to the only thing they know how to do properly - putting on a bloody good live show.


Watch the trailer here <add link>, as Suggs and Lee hatch a plan to Get The Band Back Together.


Produced by Driift, the company behind unforgettable online experiences for Nick Cave, Niall Horan and Kylie Minogue, ‘The Get Up!’ has been scripted by Charlie Higson and returns The Nation’s favourite and most enduring pop group to their element. ‘The Get up!’ is a one-off event and streams May 14th in the UK, Europe & the Americas (May 15th in Australia, New Zealand & Asia). It will not be available on demand after it has taken place. See below for full list of international timings.


Starting in the empty, tumbleweed filled streets of Soho, ‘The Get Up!’ will see the ghostly figure of Victor Marley, played by Charlie Higson, welcoming Suggs, Mark, Chrissy Boy, Mike, Lee and Woody into the forlorn, cobweb entangled World Famous London Palladium. A head spinning, hilarious, and head bobbing journey begins as our Nutty Boys embark on a live show in front of what they believe to be an empty theatre. Flitting through time and space, between the abandoned present day theatre of dreams, where ghosts from the past walk among us… the spooky backstage corridors, bars and dressing rooms of the Palladium….  and the front room of Mike’s Mum’s gaff in Kentish Town in 1977, ‘The Get Up!’ is unparalleled in its ambition and Madness’ ability to weave together unbeatable music and entertainment for all the family.


With a live set teeming with hits from their unrivalled back catalogue, ‘The Get Up!’ is also a chance for fans to hear new Madness songs for the first time ever. Madness will be joined on stage by very special guest appearances including some of the biggest names in music (and Mike Barson in a career making turn as Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II). This promises to be a joyous, definitive arrivederci to the lockdown era, as Madness usher the good times back in the way only they know how.

Fans will be encouraged to make a donation to #WeMakeEvents. #WeMakeEvents is an international movement to highlight the live event sector’s urgent need for support from government to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

This extravaganza of music, comedy and entertainment comes in the midst of another busy period of sustained celebratory activity for Madness, as the fledgling roots of their illustrious career are chronicled with a New Three-Part Docuseries charting their Rise from their formative years running around Camden Town. ‘Before We Was We’, adapted from the critically acclaimed band biography of the same name, will premiere on 1 May at 9pm, exclusively to BT customers and will simultaneously be available on demand on BT TV. Each 60-minute episode is an enthralling slice of music history, featuring original footage and interviews with band members past and present regaling stories from their 40-year career together as Madness. Set during a time of cultural and political upheaval, the docuseries offers a captivating insight into a post-war Britain, which has changed beyond recognition alongside the band’s inevitable rise to the top of the charts, pop fame and fortune against the backdrop of the ska, punk and new wave revolution. Watch the trailer here.

Ticketing information and international stream timings:


Tickets for ‘The Get Up!’ go on sale this Friday 23rd April from 


In order to accommodate audiences globally, this livestream event will be broadcast across multiple timezones. There are no restrictions on which stream you can watch so please choose the most convenient stream for you:



Livestream #1 (UK, IRELAND & EUROPE): 8.30pm BST / 9.30pm CEST


Livestream #3 (US & CANADA WEST COAST) : 8.30pm PDT



Livestream #4 (AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND & ASIA) : 8.30pm AEST / 10.30pm NZST / 7.30pm JST & KST “