Festival Guide: House of Common

Here’s everything you need to know about House of Common.

Held at Clapham Common in London on the 28 August 2017, the cleverly titled House of Common is not only the brainchild of Madness, but also their only appearance in the city in 2017.

Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, and general sale tickets are either just around the corner, or available now depending on when you’re reading these words.

So here’s everything you need to know about the event:

When and where does it all happen?
House of Common will take place on the 28 August 2017 at London’s Clapham Common. The green space is located in South London, with really easy public transport access. The park is flanked by two Underground stations (Clapham Common and Clapham South), and it’s within easy walking distance from Clapham Junction National Rail station.

Who is playing?
So far Madness, David Rodigan, De La Soul, Craig Charles,Dawn Penn, Hackney Colliery Band, Toddla T, Soul II Soul, Norman Jay, Dennis Bovell and Sherwood & Pinch, and very special guests The Skatellites have been confirmed. More exciting artists are promised. Rodigan will be hosting his own RAM JAM Stage, with very special guests soon to be announced. It’s also the only time Madness will perform in London in 2017.

What makes it so special?
As you’d expect from a Madness event at Clapham Common, it’s a real family affair. It’s also on a Bank Holiday Monday, so it’s the perfect time for both celebration and relaxation; whichever one is your thing.

Last year we sent three of our superstar Minimasters down to Clapham to spread the word. Check out what they got up to below.

Madness send Minimasters on a special House of Common mission

When do tickets go on sale?
The all-important question. Judging by the pre-sale tickets and previous events, House of Common is destined to be extremely popular. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 10 February at 9AM, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

Just exactly what can I expect?
Don’t just take our word for it, here’s some footage from previous years that shows you exactly what the one-day festival has in store.

“Carnival heads and madkids united to revel in the sunshine on Clapham Common for the first ever House of Common in 2016,” Madness say. “It was the highlight of our mad year and we’re now spending these cold hours and days planning how to make 2017’s even better. We’ll worry about the entertainment, you bring the sunshine.”

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