Madness prepare to wow thousands at Fratton Park

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EXCITEMENT is building ahead of tonight’s Madness concert at Fratton Park.

Thousands of music fans are expected to party in the stands to the world famous Ska outfit’s infectious tunes.

The band’s hits include One Step Beyond, House of Fun and Wings of a Dove.

It is the first time a major open-air concert is being held at Pompey’s home ground in decades.

It’s believed the last one held was a six-hour music festival starring Georgie Fame in 1975.

Madness will be playing as part of their Grandslam tour, and club officials hope it will be the first in a series of gigs at Fratton Park in the years ahead.

More than 4,000 were sold on the first day of sale, with many more fans buying their chance to see the band soon after. In total, 11,000 tickets were available.

Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin has already spoken of how the gig would be a huge boost for the city and help Pompey’s finances stay in the black.