MADNESS are set to take to the stage for their long-awaited gig in Carlisle tonight.

Ahead of the concert, which will take place at The Sands Centre, we've assembled everything that you need to know.

Stage times:

  • 4.30pm to 5pm: Hardwicke Circus
  • 5.30pm to 6pm: Cattle & Cane
  • 6.30pm to 7pm: Chris Difford
  • 7.45pm to 8.45pm: Bootleg Beatles
  • 9.30pm: Madness
  • 11pm: Curfew

All times are approximate and are subject to change.

Safety, security and ticketing:

  • Security searches will be carried out upon entry to The Sands Centre.
  • There will be two queues and entry point to the venue, one for general admission ticket holders and a separate queue for VIP fast track.
  • Liquids and food are not permitted into The Sands Centre, and will be removed during the security search process. This is with exception to sealed bottles of water, which will be decanted into a plastic cup upon entry.
  • Attendees will not be able to bring bags, cases, luggage or shopping bags into the venue. The only exception to this will be a suitably sized handbag, no larger than A4 in size.
  • No large cameras or recording devices are allowed.
  • Only tickets purchased from an authorised ticket agent will be valid for entry. The Sands Centre cannot guarantee entry with any tickets purchased from an unauthorised agent or from a ticket resale site.
  • As this is a sold out gig, attendees are being urged to allow plenty of time to access the venue and clear security checks.


  • The Sands Centre’s car park is chargeable from 8.30am to 6pm from Monday to Sunday. As this is a sold out event, the car park is expected to be extremely busy.
  • Alternative nearby parking can be found at Swifts Bank Car Park, Lowther Street Car Park and Civic Centre Car Park.