Madness announce support act for Montrose concert

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Ska-legends Madness have confirmed the support acts for their only Scottish show in Montrose in July as part of their UK tour.

Taking to the stage on the East Links ahead of Madness is reggae band, By The Rivers, with opening support from The Lottery Winners, an indie-pop quartet.

By The Rivers are a six-piece band from Leicester, who formed in 2010 and have performed at Glastonbury, T In The Park and the Isle of Wight Festival. Their hits include ‘Run Home’, ‘Vulture’ and ‘You Got it Wrong’.

Nile Barrow, lead vocalist, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be supporting Madness for their only Scottish date. To be opening their show and to be performing live in the stunning coastal town of Montrose, is really exciting.”

Starting the night off is The Lottery Winners, who have supported the likes of Jamie Cullum and The Charlatans.

Thomas Rylance, of The Lottery Winners, said: “Madness are such an iconic band, so it’s a great honour for us to be opening their show in Scotland. We love performing live and are looking forward to entertaining fans with our music.”

Madness will take centre stage for an open-air performance at Montrose’s East Links in a specially erected arena on Sunday, July 5, as part of the UK’s biggest ever outdoor tour.

This is one of 20 shows in Madness’ Grandslam Tour, which kicked off in May and runs until September,

The concert is being organised by LCC Live and the Montrose Music Festival (MoFest).

MoFest’s chairman, David Paton, said: “We’re delighted to add By The Rivers and The Lottery Winners to the line-up, to kick-start what is shaping up to be a great show, with an eclectic mix of music influences.

“It was a coup to secure Madness for their only Scottish date on the Grandslam Tour. They’re superb live and will give fans an incredible night performing a range of hits from over the decades.

“The show is just a couple of weeks away and we’re delighted with ticket sales – they’ve exceeded our expectations.

“We’ve sold out of tickets to the Gladness Beer Garden, so there is only general admission tickets left but, with By The Rivers and The Lottery Winners added to the line-up, we expect demand to be high.”