Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced they a 23-date tour for October and November 2022.
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 begin on 7th October and end on 27th November, and includes a date at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 15th October and two hometown dates at Manchester Academy on 3rd and 4th of November.
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, “How do, everybody. 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 & having it larger than ever! Can’t wait!”
Joining the Happy Mondays as the tour’s very special guests will be Liverpudlian indie rockers Cast, whose ten Top 20 singles include hits such ‘Walkaway’ ‘Alright’ and ‘Finetime’