New Year’s Eve will be ‘madness’ with BBC One for 2018 into 2019.
“We are so delighted that Madness will head up our New Year Celebrations this year on BBC One – and with the Kingdom Choir too – will have us all up dancing in our living rooms to the early hours to welcome in the year ahead.” – Jan Younghusband, head of BBC Music TV Commissioning
Pop band Madness are set to brighten up the night with a live concert on BBC One, performing their biggest hits as they kick off the New Year celebrations.
Madness have a huge number of hit singles under their belt including My Girl, House Of Fun, The Prince, and over six million album sales to their name. The band celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2019.
Band members include Graham ‘Suggs’ McPherson, Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, Mike ‘Barzo’ Barson, Chrissy ‘Boy’ Foreman, Daniel ‘Woody’ Woodate and Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford.
“Hold onto your sofas, your chaise lounges, your couches – NYE and Madness, it’s going to go off like a packet of crackers… what a ding dong ding dong… ” – Madness statement
As well as music from Madness, London’s famous fireworks will light up the night sky over the River Thames as Big Ben strikes midnight. The spectacular firework display will be choreographed to fit a specially edited medley of music before the action switches back inside as Madness continue the party with their much loved anthems.
There will also be a special treat for viewers to witness a unique collaboration with Madness and The Kingdom Choir as they perform together. The Kingdom Choir are a London based collective best known for their unforgettable performance at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Previous acts to see in New Year on BBC One have included Adam Lambert with Queen, Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow, Nile Rodgers and Bryan Adams.
“Madness, how times change. And maybe for the better. I can recall new year on BBC One consisted of Clive James and Vera Lynn on a fake mock up of the Royal Yacht Britannia singing war tunes. I assume BBC Scotland will be opting out for some Scottish jiggying?” – TV Critic Vivian Summers