Happy Mondays announce headline Royal & Derngate gig
The band will headline the Royal & Derngate on Thursday, March 28, where they will be joined by Inspiral Carpets and Stereo MC’s.
Billed as ‘The Been There Done That Tour’, it is the Manchester legends’ first headline tour in five years.
Happy Mondays comprise of front man Shaun Ryder, dancer and percussionist Bez, singer Rowetta, guitarist Mark Day, drummer Gary Whelan and guitarist and keyboard player Dan Broad.
Ryder said: “We’re really looking forward to the Happy Mondays’ first headline tour for five years.
“We’ll be playing all the hits for everyone, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. See you there.”
Bez said, “Can’t wait to get out on tour with Happy Mondays. Shake your maracas in the air like you just don’t care.”
Rowetta added: “Me and my voice can’t wait to sing all across the UK for a tour to remember.”
The band will be playing their classic hits including 24 Hour Party People, Step On, Hallelujah, Loose Fit, Judge Fudge, W.F.L. and Kinky Afro.
Happy Mondays became the pioneers of the Madchester sound after signing to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records in the late ‘80s, blending their love of funk, rock, psychedelia and house with the sounds of the UK’s emerging rave scene.
The band became icons of Britain’s biggest cultural phenomenon for a generation when they crossed over into the mainstream with the release of their third album, 1990’s platinum-selling Pills 'n' Thrills And Bellyaches.
The Happy Mondays’ reputation as one of Britain’s most influential and loved bands was recognised in 2016 when they won the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award.
Alongside Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets were one of the most popular bands to emerge from the late-'80s/early-'90s Madchester scene.
Following their 1989 Indie Chart-topping singles Find Out Why and Move, the band released their breakthrough hit This Is How It Feels, which began a run of four UK Top 20 albums, Life, The Beast Inside, Revenge of The Goldfish and Devil Hopping.
Nottingham’s Stereo MC’s first achieved mainstream success when their 1992 single Connected became an international Top 20 hit.
Taken from their smash hit Top 10 album of the same name, Connected was followed by hit singles Step It Up, Ground Level and Creation, firmly cementing Stereo MC’s place in hip hop / electronic dance history.
The full list of tour dates is as follows:
14th March Glasgow Barrowland
16th March Nottingham Rock City
22nd March Newcastle O2 City Hall
24th March Bristol O2 Academy
28th March Northampton Royal & Derngate
29th March Leeds O2 Academy
30th March Birmingham O2 Academy
31st March Bournemouth O2 Academy
4th April Manchester O2 Victoria Warehouse
6th April London Troxy
7th April Southend Cliffs Pavilion
11th April Cambridge Corn Exchange
12th April Sheffield O2 Academy
13th April Liverpool Mountford Hall
14th April Brighton Dome