Pioneers of Madchester, Happy Mondays, head to Blackburn

Published Tuesday 14 December 2021 at 13:43

Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced a 23-date UK tour for next October and November and tickets are already selling fast.

The Happy Mondays’ classic line-up of front man Shaun Ryder, Bez (freaky dancing and percussion), Rowetta (vocals), Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar), Gary Whelan (drums) and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) will perform their classic hits such as 24-Hour Party People, Step On, Hallelujah, Loose Fit, Judge Fudge, W.F.L. and Kinky Afro, amongst many others.

The band’s first tour in three years will include Blackburn’s historic venue King George’s Hall on Sunday 13 November 2022.

The 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 when they won the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award in 2016.

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder said:

Really looking forward to the Happy Mondays 2022 tour. We’ll be playing all the hits, so the shows will be fun!

Bez said:

I can’t wait to get out on the road and do our headline tour next year around the country! Twisting my melons, man.

Rowetta added:

Really looking forward to this. Everyone singing, playing and having it larger than ever! Can’t wait!

Joining the Happy Mondays on tour are special guests Liverpudlian indie rockers Cast, whose ten Top 20 singles include hits such ‘Walkaway’ ‘Alright’ and ‘Finetime’.

Event Details:
King George’s Hall Blackburn
Sunday 13 November 2022
Tickets £39.50


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