Wirral band, Madison, on the road to stardom
A residency at one of the world's most famous clubs is a dream come true for Wirral band, Madison
Nick Ellison, Phil Doran and Paul Hayes don’t do things by halves. Just a couple of years after forming their band Madison, they have a residency at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club. The trio play a gig in the famous venue, the first place that Brian Epstein spotted The Beatles, every two weeks. Nick, the 25-year-old lead singer and bassist from Wallasey, said: ‘It’s a fantastic thing to be able to do and it’s something we really enjoy. It’s such an iconic club and to say you have played here is a real achievement.’The band formed in 2008. Nick and Paul knew each other from The Mosslands School and they met Phil while performing gigs in Preston. All three have had a passion for music since a young age and they have all played in other bands. Nick is a former student of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and guitarist Phil, who lives in Liscard, studied music at university in Preston. But for Wallasey drummer Paul, it was a change of direction. He had performed since he was a young boy but before Madison he was training to be a paramedic and still volunteers for the Red Cross now.
They have already performed at celebrity events, including a party for Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis
Madison is a cover band and most of their gigs are weddings and parties at venues like Thornton Manor and New Brighton Floral Pavilion. They also have another band, King’s Parade, which showcases their own original material at venues across the country, including Jack Rabbit Slims in Hoylake.They have already performed at celebrity events, including a party for Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis, at the Hard Rock Caf� in Manchester where they also have a residency. And they’ve played at festivals in Switzerland and Italy. Before Madison was formed Nick performed at a charity ball held by Ronan Keating in front of stars like Rod Stewart. He has also supported Deacon Blue, the Sugababes and Liverpool’s own Ray Quinn. Drummer Paul has supported acts like Scouting for Girls and The Hoosiers. The trio also performed in front of more than 5,000 people at the Liverpool Echo Arena before stars like Ricky Tomlinson and Jennifer Ellison. They would love to be signed to a recording label but they are happy that Madison is doing well.‘We absolutely love it,’ said Phil, 24. ‘We have chased a dream to get signed but it was becoming very expensive and was wasting our time. ‘We are having a great time. We travel all over the country, doing something we love. We make people’s wedding days and parties special and one they will remember.’The band is now looking forward to a busy summer packed with parties and weddings. They also plan to perform at Liverpool's famous Mathew Street Festival. They also hope that one day soon they may be able to form their own entertainment agency, helping other bands get booked. Paul, 25, said: 'I love everything about what we do. I love it when we go into a venue and completely transform it. We get to perform to busy venues as well as write and perform our own music as a hobby. It's great. Hopefully, this will carry on now. Having our own agency means that we could do that properly for people. It's very exciting.'
For more details about Madison, visit www.madisonparty.co.uk