One of the UK’s most beloved British bands Madness have today announced a very special ‘Hour of Need Award’, allowing fans to nominate people who they’d like to thank for having been there for them or others during challenging times.

The award, named after their current single, offers an incredible experience including 2 tickets to a Madness 2024 headline show of the winner’s choice, along with travel, accommodation, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with the band. Winners will also receive a Special Edition Bookpack of the album, signed by the band for the person who made the nomination and the person that got nominated. A signed 2xCD version of the album will be sent as a runner up prize.

To enter someone for this golden opportunity, fans are asked to send a short video (One-minute max) explaining who they want to nominate and why. To enter fans can either post on a social network platform of their choice, using the hashtag #HourOfNeedAward. Or email with a link to the video. The cut off point for entries is Friday 7th June, 9am. Watch Suggs’ entry video below.

Soon to embark on their ‘C’est La Vie’ summer tour, Madness will perform everywhere from racecourses to castles all across the UK and Ireland. The tour will have a ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ fancy dress theme, with photographers present at each show snapping fans in the most outrageous costumes.**

Talking about the theme, the band said “the more absurd the better.” The best ones will win prizes and will be immortalised on an official poster.

The 19-date tour will call at Margate, Southampton, Plymouth, Newcastle, Lincoln, Edinburgh, Lytham Festival, Scarborough, Llangollen, Derby, Cardiff, Englefield Estate, Leeds, Ludlow Castle, Blackheath, Esher, Audley End, Belfast and Galway Airport.

Tickets for the tour are available from

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Madness have also announced an expanded version of their first studio UK Official Charts No.1 album. Theatre of the Absurd Presents C’est La Vie (Enhanced Edition) which is set for release on 7th June 2024 via BMG. Pre-order here. The expanded album features 5 brand new studio tracks: I’d Do Anything (If I Could), No Reason, Hello Sun, Long Goodbye and Culture Vulture, all recorded during their C’est la vie album sessions. Also on the album are 7 live tracks recorded on last year’s C’est La Vie tour: Theatre of the Absurd, C’est La Vie, Hour of Need, Round We Go, Run For Your Life, In My Street and a cover of The Specials’ Friday Night Saturday Morning – a fan favourite on the tour.

1. Film a short video (One-minute max) telling us about who you nominate and why?
2. Post it on a social network platform of your choice.
3. Use the hashtag #HourOfNeedAward
4. Email with a link to your video

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