Default lineup: 6 members
6 piece band: drums, bass, lead guitar/vocals, saxophone, keyboard/vocals, lead vocals
One Step Beyond – The Masters of MADNESS
One Step Beyond are the UK's PREMIER MADNESS tribute band. The band was formed in Spring 1993 and has achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time. At first they played low profile venues in their native London but quickly progressed and were invited to play larger and more prominent venues such as The Grand The Venue and The Marquee.
Each member of One Step Beyond grew up as a Madness fan and for each perfecting his portrayal of his original Madness counterpart has been a labour of love. They strive to match every detail of the original both musically and in appearance. Like Madness One Step Beyond are well known for their on-stage antics with which they build up an authentic 'Nutty' atmosphere. This is One Step Beyond's philosophy - to carry forward the Mad mantle into the nineties and beyond.
They feel that by replicating one of the nation's best-loved institutions they are keeping alive the spirit that inspired a whole generation and still enjoys enormous popularity today. One Step Beyond see themselves as perpetuating the popularity of Madness who now rarely appear in public.
One Step Beyond were featured in an article in the London Evening Standard (8/7/97) stating that they were one of the two top tribute bands currently on the circuit.
Suggsy at the G-MEX in Manchester; He walked up to the microphone and said "By the way we're MADNESS not One Step Beyond!!" and subsequently in the Melody Maker review that followed the headline was One Step Beyond!!
A fan at a NUTTY BOYS gig at the Powerhaus in Islington reported to me that Lee Thompson gave One Step Beyond a couple of good compliments as the night continued he said they were "Single handedley keeping the good ship Madness afloat".
Lee Thomson also turned up at the band's last gig at the SWAN in Fulham recently and played with the band on a couple of songs notably LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY and commented that the band were TIGHT AS A DUCK'S A*** and are BRILLIANT!!
Just a few Quotes From Venues and Universities:
"Brilliant tribute band. This is their fourth appearance here and the place is packed again!"
-Marquee London - Capacity 1200
"We are very pleased with tonight's attendance (over 1800) ONE STEP BEYOND have captured the Madness Magic perfectly"
-Clapham Grand - Capacity 2000
"We expected a good crowd, we got a MEGA crowd, brilliant!"
-The Mean Fiddler - Capacity 800, (SADIE POWER, VINCE POWERS sister presented them with a bottle of champagne after the show)
"After every song the audience stamped their feet and clapped so much the hall was shaking!! This band were superb tonight and must be the top tribute band on the current circuit"
-Wolverhampton Civic Hall - Capacity 2200
"The crowd danced and danced to every song. One Step Beyond delivered a brilliant set with all of the MADNESS hits, wonderful"
-Cheltenham Town Hall - Capacity 2500
"This band are one of the best bands I have seen, the nightclub does twice as much business when this band appears here."
-Zoots Nightclub - Capacity 1800
"One Step Beyond are MADNESS, it's a simple as that. The Audience wouldn't let them go, but three encores says it all."
-Manchester University - Capacity 2000
"We book this band back regularly because the students love them. The venue is always packed. I have booked a lot of top British tributes, this is the best"
-University of Central Lancaster - Capacity 1000
Please note: Advertised fees do not include sound and lighting equipment. PA and Lighting can be provided at an extra cost. Please speak to an Alive Network booking agent for more details.