Monday, 15 August 2011

Madness launch their very own House of Fun‏

A Festival of Madness!

House of Fun Weekender

The Madness Butlins Takeover Line-Up Unveiled

25th-27th November 2011

Camden’s own Nutty Boys, the legendary Madness, are taking over Butlins Minehead this November, curating a sensational line-up of bands, DJs and comedians. Handpicked by the magnificent seven themselves, the House of Fun Weekender will showcase the hottest up-and-coming acts, alongside old favourites across three-days of festival fun by the sea.

Madness said of the event. "Life is a series of beautiful moments, this weekend is a moment in time where you can, we hope take some beautiful moments home with you. Please endeavour to introduce yourself to as many as possible, make new friends, dance, sing, laugh, give support, create joy, be decent, spread the love and most of all enjoy yourselves as much as you think is possible, you know it makes sense"

With their tenth album currently in the works, Madness will be playing a career-spanning extravaganza over the weekend, with a few extra-special surprises up their sleeves.

The weekend will be packed with top class performances from the likes of the mighty los hermanos Cubanos, The Cuban Brothers, DJ Jerry Dammers, beatbox superstar Beardyman and a set from eclectic powerhouse DJ Andrew Weatherall. Heavyweights The Whip will bring the party, and Norman Jay MBE will be providing yet another classic set. Mr Scruff will grace us with more than three hours of freestyle beats, whilst Squeaky Hill, Marc Roberts and Toddla T & MC Serocee will provide the bass driven rhythms. Check out some arcade-electro rhymes from Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, and digital-ska maestros Man Like Me.

We have a wealth of comedy acts on show, who will provide side-splitting entertainment just for your pleasure! The amazing talent we have for you includes Bob Mills, Junior Simpson, Nick Wilty, Al Barrie, Kevin McCarthy and Ben Norris with 8-piece horn and percussion ensemble, Brassroots, Wagontails. As if our stellar musical line-up wasn't enough, we're also treating you to some of the best comedians around!

The amazing ex-Housemartins and Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton will be one to see, along with Marcus Birdman, Gordon Southern, Michael Smiley and incredible improv-rapping with Abandoman. Halifax Hospital Radio’s very own Barry Peters will make a special appearance, with zoot suited soul flavours from The Milk, electro-swingers The Correspondents and Radio 1’s leftfield master Rob da Bank. Don't miss DJs, Justin Robertson & Greg Wilson or Brit-Rock Poppers Missing Andy. Watch legendary darts players Wayne Mardle & Peter Manley for something a little bit different, or check out late night treats from Marc Roberts and a ninja-mash-up from Jaguar Skills. DJ sets from Don Letts and erstwhile Specials kingpin Jerry Dammers are sure to get you dancing.

Future garage don Doorly will be unmissable, along with Marc Roberts and Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show. We are in for a treat from El Thommo in the form of Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra and the Irish Bar will host odd-ball merriment from Squeaky Hill and sing-along japes with Rockaoke all weekend long. You can score a strike with the Bowling Disco plus there will be a very special Madness Pool Competition.

To book the House of Fun Weekender, or for more information, call 0845 070 4730 or visit (The maximum call charge is 2p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary)

@madhouseoffun / #houseoffun

Full line-up



Paul Heaton

Dan le sac v Scroobius pip

The Cuban Brothers

The Whip

The Correspondents

Man Like Me

Missing Andy

The Milk

Barry Peters

Brass Roots

Wagon Tales

Jerry Dammers dj set with Dennis Alcapone, Roger Beaujolais, Harry Brown & Damian Hand


Rob da Bank

Mr Scruff - keep it unreal

Norman Jay

Jaguar Skills

Andrew Weatherall

Craig Charles funk and soul show

Greg Wilson

Don Letts

Toddla T & MC Serocee


Justin Robertson

Marc Roberts

Squeaky Hill


Bob Mills

Ben Norris

Nick Wilty

Marcus Birdman

Al Barrie

Gordon Southern

Kevin McCarthy

Michael Smiley

Junior Simpson



Wayne Mardle

Peter Manley

Butlins has three beachside resorts, Bognor Regis (West Sussex), Minehead (Somerset) and Skegness (Lincolnshire) and welcomes around 1.5m guests per year.

Butlins won the Tourism and Leisure Training Team Award, as well as the Overall Winner Award in the Training Team category at the Customer Service Training Awards 2011.

Named as the Training Team of the Year in 2008, Butlins clinched the title of Best UK/Domestic Tour Operator at the British Travel Awards in 2010, along with the UK Customer Experience Award in Travel, Leisure and Tourism. It is part of Bourne Leisure Ltd which also owns Warner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays.

By Bruce Get Involved LTD

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