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Madness to bid farewell to BBC Television Centre with live show

British band Madness are set to perform a special hour-long concert tonight (March 22) at the BBC to mark the closure of Television Centre.

They are set to perform from the car park outside of the iconic building, which has housed the company for 53 years, and it will be broadcast on BBC 4 from 7.30pm.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC 4, said that there isn't a better band to celebrate the end of such an important era: "I can think of no better band than Madness to help celebrate a golden age of television coming out of the BBC's Television Centre, and I am really pleased that one of Britain's finest groups has agreed to come along and help BBC4 celebrate in fine style. Madness, as always, are one step beyond!"

The band also spoke about the impending concert, adding: "We've played at some exciting places in London lately but the closing of BBC TV Centre. Well, that is close to our hearts, as a band we grew up there, those walls have plenty of Madness tales to tell, a sad day, the end of an era, oh, but what a celebration! We're honoured to be the band the Beeb have chosen for this fond farewell.” 





Watch the band perform at the Queen's 2012 Diamond Jubilee event here: