Madness and Rudimental raise £130,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK with charity gig

Show at Arsenal’s stadium was Madness singer Suggs’ fourth year of raising money for cancer charity

Madness and Rudimental have raised £130,000 for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK after playing a joint concert at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London.

The gig took place at an intimate suite at the stadium, with regular £160 tickets including a three-course dinner and £500 VIP tickets featuring a tour of the stadium by a former Arsenal player. The show featured the live debut of Rudimental’s new single Bloodstream and an auction hosted by Madness singer Suggs.

Suggs has been a patron of Pancreatic Cancer UK for three years, following the death from the disease of his wife Anne’s sister Alannah. Suggs said: “Alannah’s death came as a huge shock to us all. At her wake, we vowed to do something to help research, and I’ll do all I can to support the charity.”

Meanwhile, Rudimental and Disclosure’s joint festival Wild Life at Brighton City Airport on June 6-7 has sold out. It also stars Sam Smith, Nas and George Ezra. Rudimental also play at Parklife Weekender, T In The Park, Lovebox and Boardmasters festivals.

Madness have begun recording a new album, while guitarist Cathal Smyth releases his debut solo album A Comfortable Man on May 4. The band go on a 19-date tour starting at Lincoln City FC on May 29, as well as headlining On Blackheath festival on September 13 and their own House Of Fun Weekender festival at Minehaed Butlins on November 20-23.