Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced a 16-date UK tour for March and April 2024, which will be their only shows of 2024.
The Manchester legends’ first headline tour in five years will begin in Glasgow on 14th March and end at the Brighton Dome on 14th April, and includes a hometown date at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse on 4th April and a date at London’s Troxy on 6th April.
Billed as ‘The Been There Done That Tour’, Happy Mondays front man Shaun Ryder, Bez (freaky dancing and percussion), Rowetta (vocals) Mark Day (guitar), Gary Whelan (drums) and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) will perform the band’s classic hits such as ‘24 Hour Party People’, ‘Step On’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Loose Fit’, ‘Judge Fudge’, ‘W.F.L.’ and ‘Kinky Afro’, amongst many others.
Shaun 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.”
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.
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The full list of tour dates is as follows:
14th March Glasgow Barrowland
16th March Nottingham Rock City
22nd March Newcastle O2 City Hall
23rd March Cardiff Utilita Arena
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