David Bowie and Brexit referenced as Madness light up Glastonbury


Madness paid a special tribute to the "great, great David Bowie" as they brought their Glastonbury Festival set to a close with his 1971 hit Kooks.

Beneath the Aladdin Sane lightning bolt suspended above the Pyramid Stage, frontman and radio DJ Suggs said he wanted to celebrate the late music superstar.

The band brought their families up on stage to dance along to Kooks, which was written by Bowie to his newborn son.

David Bowie is being remembered at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Lyrics include: "We bought a lot of things / To keep you warm and dry / And a funny old crib on which the paint won't dry".

The band also gave a nod to the Brexit vote, making clear the country is on the "highway to hell".

Suggs handed the microphone to guitarist Chris Foreman, who said he had recently learnt how easy it was to fool 51.9% of people - referencing the percentage of Britons who voted to leave the European Union in Thursday's referendum. He then led the crowd in a rendition of the AC/DC song Highway To Hell.

Suggs of Madness performing live at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Suggs began the set by taking fans back to the 70s, starting his performance with long, shaggy brown hair - and after performing the band's hit Embarrassment, he welcomed the audience to Top Of The Pops 1979, introducing "a bunch of spotty perverts from North London".

Revealing the joke, he pulled off the wig, saying to the audience: "You didn't think it was real, you slags!"

Suggs of Madness performing live at Glastonbury (Yui Mok/PA)

Madness then performed their first ever single from 1979, The Prince.

The band also got the crowd jumping with fan favourites including Our House, It Must Be Love and Baggy Trousers.