Happy Mondays

From27 February 2019to11 August 2019

Happy Mondays

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The Happy Mondays have been a beautiful disaster since day one but somehow they have tumbled their way through three decades and have left a stunning legacy behind them.

Discovered at, where else but Manchester’s Mecca of Mess, The Hacienda, the band were picked from the line-up of a battle of the bands and taken under their wing by Tony Wilson. Fronted by Shaun Ryder and his sidekick Bez, the band released their debut album in 1987 on the legendary Factory Records, including on it the anthem ’24 hour party people’, a track that’s title went on to inspire a film of the same name that recounted the Factor Records glory days and all the chaos that came with it.

The torch-bearers of Manchester’s drug-induced ‘Baggy’ Sound, the band rounded out the decade with two more albums, ‘Bummed’ and ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ which was a platinum success for the band. With the group now being the walking embodiment of Rave culture, they were seen as a popular commodity worldwide and began touring extensively.

All this cultural opulence came to a destructive peak with the disastrous recording sessions for 1992’s ‘Yes Please’. In short, they went to Barbados, took too many drugs, recorded an album with no vocals and bankrupted Factory records in the process.

It was the perfect ending for a band whose career up till that point had been defined by chaos but as the band split up, it left behind an enduring legacy. A key influence on other important Manchester acts like the Stone Roses, the band has also become the headline act of one of the most exciting times in British music. I guess maybe Tony Wilson was right when he said that “Shaun Ryder is on a par with W.B. Yeats as a poet”.

 

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Happy Mondays

Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

 

Thursday 28 February 2019

Happy Mondays

Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand

 

Thursday 07 March 2019

Happy Mondays

Eatons Hill Hotel & Function Centre – Grand Ballroom, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

 

Saturday 09 March 2019

Happy Mondays

Forum Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

 

Saturday 09 March 2019 – Monday 11 March 2019

Happy Mondays

Golden Plains 2019

Meredith, VIC, Australia

 

Friday 19 July 2019

Happy Mondays

with Craig David

The Big Park, Amersham, UK

 

Thursday 08 August 2019 – Sunday 11 August 2019

Happy Mondays

Lakefest 2019

Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Eastnor, UK

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