We are taking a look back at when Madonna mania took over Leeds as the pop princess played Roundhay Park at the peak of her powers.

The material girl played an outdoor concert at the park to a crowd of 73,000 people in 1987. Tickets for the big event were on sale officially for £15 but because it didn’t reach full capacity lucky fans could bag a ticket from touts for just £2 on the day.

At the time, the security was as stringent as it had ever been for a music event at Roundhay Park with thousands queueing to get in before the gates opened. On the day, there were 60 people arrested – mostly for public order offences.

During the Who’s That Girl tour Madonna played iconic hits such as Holiday, Like a Virgin, Lucky Star and many more in Leeds.

You can see footage from the day below in two TV reports

We’ll tell you that for copyright reasons it would be highly unlikely news crews would be able to broadcast footage from massive gigs these days – so we hope you savoured that behind the scenes access.

Speaking to the crowd on the night, Madonna, said: “I’m really cold up here, it is windy and it might rain. Wait a second though, I want you guys to keep me warm and keep each other warm.”

That got a big cheer from the audience as the superstar bounced around the stage in a wide array of outfits.


As we said, Madonna treated fans to some of her biggest songs during her appearance at Roundhay Park.

Here’s the setlist from the 90-minute concert which happened on August 15, 1987:

Open Your Heart

Lucky Star

True Blue

Papa Don’t Preach

White Heat

Causing a Commotion

The Look of Love

Dress You Up

Material Girl

Like a Virgin

Where’s the Party

Live to Tell

Into the Groove

La Isla Bonita

Who’s That Girl


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