THE Lightning Seeds and founder member of Squeeze - Chris Difford - will join Madness at their summer concert in Taunton.

Ska legends Madness will kick start a weekend of live music in Taunton with their outdoor show at Vivary Park on July 12.

Now, they have announced they will be joined by the Lightning Seeds, fronted by Ian Broudie and famed for hits including Change, Lucky You, Marvellous and Perfect.

Despite previous success, the band achieved fame when single Three Lions, a collaboration with David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, reached number one in 1996, then again in 1998 and more recently, in 2018.

Broudie, who is currently writing new music for Lightning Seeds, said: “Performing outdoors always gives the show a brilliant atmosphere, so we can’t wait to get to Vivary Park in July, and open for the legendary Madness.”

Also performing is the Grammy nominated and two-time Ivor Novello award-winning lyricist, Chris Difford.

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He will open the show ahead of Lightning Seeds, performing a catalogue of hits, such as Cool For Cats and Up the Junction, from his time as the founding member of Squeeze.

Rebecca Corbett of LCC Live, said: “Lightning Seeds are incredible live, and I expect that their addition to the line-up, along with Chris Difford, who is an exceptional musician, will be extremely popular with music fans, coming to see Madness.

“A limited number of tickets are still available for this show. Don’t miss out on a great night – get your tickets now.”

The show is part of concert promoter LCC Live's ‘Live in Somerset’ series of shows.

Tom Jones will bring ‘Live in Somerset’ to a close on the Sunday night (July 14), while Bananarama with special guests including Jason Donovan; Hazell Dean; Doctor and the Medics and Aswad, will perform on the Saturday evening (July 13).

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Tickets can be purchased from Ticketline (; 0844 888 9991) or from Taunton’s Visitor Centre, in Fore Street.