Eighties ska legends Madness kicked off proceedings at this year’s MOVE festival with a triumphant greatest hits set last night (July 8).
The four-day ‘urban music festival’ based at Old Trafford Cricket Ground began without any problems despite fears of bad weather and rain earlier in the day.
Madness wowed the 10,000 capacity concert venue with a crowd-pleasing greatest hits show which featured such tracks as ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘It Must be Love’.
Frontman Suggs humorously dedicated the latter song to “all the people of Manchester …and Geoffrey Boycott” – referencing Old Trafford’s prestigious sporting history.
Earlier in the evening, Madness were supported by Ocean Colour Scene – who debuted a new line-up following bassist Damon Minchella’s departure – plus new material from their forthcoming album. The day’s other support acts included reggae legend [/a], [a]Stranglers and Ozomatli.
Move steps up over the next three days with headline shows from The Cure (tonight, July 9), a face-off for biggest crowd between Morrissey and Stereophonics (Saturday) and an-eagerly awaited hometown show from [a][/a] (Sunday).