Madness in Cardiff 2022: Times, setlist, tickets, parking, road closures and support act

Cardiff Castle will open its doors this week to some very big names, including English ska band Madness.

The six 80s musicians, affectionately known as the ‘Nutty Boys’ – who rocked the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 – will perform in Cardiff on the eve of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday in His Majesty. Wednesday, June 1, bringing thousands of fans to the city and the castle grounds.

For an event of this size in central Cardiff, ticket holders might have lots of questions about what you can take into the castle, any road closures for the event, set times and even the setlist. potential.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled this handy guide, including everything you need to know, for when Madness kicks off Jubilee weekend in Cardiff. Keep up to date with all the latest What’s On news by signing up to our newsletter here. For more jubilee events and midterm things to do click here and if you don’t want to party for the jubilee but still want to do something click here.

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The iconic band will headline the Welsh capital this week

When does Madness play in Cardiff?

The group, led by Suggs, who lived in Haverfordwest for several years as a youth, will take over Cardiff Castle on Wednesday, June 1 .

What time are they on stage?

Doors open at 5 p.m. when the warm-up begins.

Norman Jay MBE is at 7pm and Madness starts at 9pm.

Who is the supporting act?

Supporting the great band of the 80s is another legend of the 80s, father of the Good Times Sound System and pirate radio Kiss FM radio DJ Norman Jay MBE . International music star, the Londoner is known as one of the best DJs in the world. A champion of the Rare Groove scene (a term he coined) decades ago, Norman, whose music spans house, garage, funk, soul, drums and bass to jazz and hip-hop, was one of the first musicians in the UK to play house music, according to his website. He is also known for playing some of the first and biggest ‘warehouse’ parties ever to be held in London. In 2002, he received an MBE for his services in music.

Can I still get tickets?

There are still e-tickets available – but be quick, as there are a limited number. Official tickets can be purchased through the See tickets website. They are currently selling for £57.20.

What do I need to enter the castle?

You must have your e-tickets ready to display on your phone or bring printed copies and present them upon arrival. Without either form of ticket, you will not have access to the venue or the concert.

If you have an e-ticket, make sure your phone is fully charged.

What is the setlist?

We took a look at the setlist Madness played at their Teenage Cancer Trust concert earlier in the year and, if that still holds up, then you can expect…

  • One Step Beyond (Prince Buster cover)
  • Embarrassment
  • The prince
  • NO5
  • My daughter
  • The sun and the rain
  • Wings of a dove
  • a better day
  • Shut your mouth
  • Bed and breakfast man
  • Mr. Apples
  • house of pleasure
  • Loose pants
  • Our house
  • It Must Be Love (Labi Siffre cover)


  • Madness (Prince Buster cover)
  • Night boat in Cairo

Will there be road closures?

Cardiff Council has announced that Castle Street, Duke Street and Kingsway will be closed on June 1, 2 and 3 between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. He was informed that road closures could be brought forward in the day, depending on the crowds earlier in the evening. Please plan your trip accordingly.

Where can I park?

There are a number of municipally owned car parks that offer 24-hour parking. Some examples include Sophia Gardens Car Park, which charges 24 hours and costs up to £17.60 for the full day. Castle Mews Car Park, which charges between 8am and 8pm Monday to Saturday and costs up to £6.10 for five hours, and North Road Car Park, which costs £8.80 for a full day (until midnight this that evening) – its charging hours are Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more car parks available around the city center, see here.

What items are prohibited in the castle?

There are a number of items that are prohibited from being brought into the castle grounds when you arrive for the concert. These include:

  • Gas cylinders
  • Aerosols over 250ml
  • Horns
  • Fireworks
  • flares
  • Glass
  • Illegal substances, drugs and “legal highs” – this includes nitrous oxide and related equipment including balloons, unidentified substances, new psychoactive substances (NPS)
  • Illegal items
  • Equipment/laser pens
  • Megaphones
  • torches
  • Celestial or “Chinese” lanterns
  • Gasoline burners
  • PA systems
  • Aerosols
  • High visibility tabards/jackets
  • Big bags
  • Cans
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Camping equipment
  • Firewood
  • Disposable barbecues
  • Camping stoves
  • Audio recorders
  • Open drinks
  • Folding chairs

Permitted items include: sealed soft drink or water bottles under 500ml and empty reusable bottles of any size – metal, plastic or other materials, but not glass.

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