Happy Mondays announce autumn tour

The band will return to the road later this year for a 29-night run of gigs.

The Happy Mondays have announced a 29-night autumn tour to offer fans “pre-Christmas partying”.

Synonymous with the “Madchester” music scene, the group achieved success with their blend of psychedelia and alternative rock alongside other burgeoning northern bands.

The original line-up of the group is returning to the road in October for a marathon tour leading up to Christmas.

Frontman Shaun Ryder said: “Be great to be back out on the road with Happy Mondays for some pre-Christmas partying. Looking forward to playing all the hits and more at these shows.”

Anniversary tour for Happy Mondays
The Happy Mondays, left to right, Bez, Rowetta, Shaun Ryder, Mark Day, Paul Davies, Gary Whelan and Paul Ryder (Planet Earth Publicity/PA)

The line-up of dancer Bez, singer Rowetta, drummer Gary Whelan, bassist Paul Ryder, guitarist Mark Day and Dan Broad will start the tour in Inverness and finish in Lincoln.

Decades after their successful crossover into the musical mainstream, the band are promising to play hits from albums such as Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches.

Bez said: “Really excited and looking forward to the Happy Mondays tour – can’t wait to do some freaky dancing.”

The tour will begin on October 23 and run until December 21. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday February 22.

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