Madness thrill fans at Fratton Park

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THE house of fun arrived in style at Fratton Park tonight as Madness fever gripped Pompey’s stadium.

Around 13,000 loyal followers of the ska rockers danced in the stands and on the pitch to their infectious tunes.

Fans afterwards said the band got off to a slow start, but were ‘amazing’ by the end of the show.

Newer material featured heavily in the first half, but Madness delivered powerful performances of House of Fun, Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, Our House and It Must Be Love afterwards, much to the delight of the crowd.

James Campbell, 31, of Chichester, said it was his thirteenth Madness gig.

‘I enjoyed it even more because it was in my home town; normally I would have to go to London to see them,’ he said.

‘I thought they started off slow, but then they were amazing by the end.’

Pompey fan Scott McLachlan said: ‘It was amazing. The last half an hour was amazing.

‘There were a few duffs, but it was great.

‘We should do more of these.’

Clive Rush, 52, of Cosham, said: ‘The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic.

‘Everybody has come out and there’s been no trouble.’