Madness call Calvin Harris a ‘prick’ at V Festival

Plus Paolo Nutini and Seasick Steve play the V Stage at Stafford site

Madness took a pop at Calvin Harris at the V Festival in Staffordshire this afternoon (August 21).

The ska veterans had a dig at the dance star after they previously locked him in a toilet for a prank at Camp Bestival before he was due onstage a few weeks ago.

Before launching into ‘Dust Devil’, lead singer Suggs told the crowd: “I would like to make a public announcement and make an apology for something that happened at Camp Bestival,” before saxophonist Lee Thompson added: “I would like to apologise to that prick Calvin Klein, sorry Calvin Harris. Anyway that’s enough of that.”


Following the incident Harris denied rumours that the toilet he was in was actually tipped over on his Twitter page before adding: “They WERE cunts but this is not true.” He later took the joke in good faith adding: “All in good fun though so fair play to them.”

Madness‘ set itself saw the band run through a host of hits from their three decade back catalogue including ‘Our House’, ‘House Of Fun’, ‘Baggy Trousers’ and ‘It Must Be Love’.

Madness also constantly joked about floating condoms they spotted in the crowd before wrapping up their set with ‘Nightboat To Cairo’.

Earlier, Seasick Steve brought a girl up onstage from the crowd during his rain drenched set on the V Stage.

The American Blues singer who arrived wearing yellow heart shaped sunglasses declared: “I need a girl,” before he launched into ‘Walking Man’ from his 2008 album before receiving huge cheers from the crowd. “No I’m not bullshitting I seriously need a girl.”

The singer switched between an acoustic and an electric guitar, along with a DIY banjo and diddley bow for the track of the same name before rounding off his set with ‘Dog House Boogie’.


Before leaving the stage he went down to the barrier and shook hands with his fans as he walked along.

Later, Paolo Nutini took to the same stage performing a host of tracks from his 2009 Number One album ‘Sunny Side Up’ including singles ‘Coming Up Is Easy’ and ‘Candy’ alongside album track ‘Growing Up Beside You’. He also showcased a new song during his 50 minute set.

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