Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced a marathon twenty-nine date Greatest Hits Tour for October, November and December 2019 which includes Belfast Limelight 1 on Wed 4th Dec.
The Happy Mondays’ classic line-up of frontman Shaun Ryder, Bez (freaky dancing and percussion), Rowetta (vocals), Gary Whelan (drums), Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar) and and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) will perform timeless hits such as Step On, Kinky Afro, Hallelujah, W.F.L., Loose Fit, Judge Fudge and 24 Hour Party People, amongst many others.
The tour begins on 23rd October and ends on 21st December, stopping off along the way London’s Roundhouse on 31st October. Happy Mondays 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.”
Bez said, “Really excited and looking forward to the Happy Mondays tour – can’t wait to do some freaky dancing.” Rowetta added, “I’m really looking forward to this tour, almost 30 years since I first got on stage with the Mondays. The band and the fans are like family to me and I still love singing these songs as much as I did in 1990.”
After signing to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records, the late ‘80s saw the Happy Mondays become the pioneers of the Madchester sound, as they blended their love of funk, rock, psychedelia and house with the sounds of the UK’s emerging rave scene.
The band’s third album, 1990’s platinum-selling ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches’, led to the Happy Mondays crossing over into the mainstream to become icons of Britain’s biggest cultural phenomenon for a generation.
In 2016, the Happy Mondays won the Ivor Novello’s Inspiration Award, further cementing their reputation as one of Britain’s most influential and loved bands.
The full list of tour dates is as follows:
Wed 23 Oct Inverness The Ironworks
Thu 24 Oct Aberdeen Music Hall
Fri 25 Oct Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre
Sat 26 Oct Glasgow O2 Academy Glasgow
Thu 31 Oct London The Roundhouse
Fri 01 Nov Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Sat 02 Nov Cambridge Corn Exchange
Thu 07 Nov Brighton Dome
Fri 08 Nov Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
Sat 09 Nov Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Thu 14 Nov Preston Guild Hall
Fri 15 Nov Newcastle O2 Academy Newcastle
Sat 16 Nov Scunthorpe Baths Hall
Thu 21 Nov Manchester Academy 1
Fri 22 Nov Sheffield O2 Academy Sheffield
Sat 23 Nov Bristol O2 Academy Bristol
Thu 28 Nov Oxford O2 Academy Oxford
Fri 29 Nov Cardiff Cardiff University, Great Hall
Sat 30 Nov Nottingham Rock City
Wed 4th Dec Belfast Limelight 1
Fri 06 Dec Liverpool Mountford Hall
Sat 07 Dec Leeds O2 Academy Leeds
Thu 12 Dec Norwich UEA
Fri 13 Dec Northampton Roadmenders
Sat 14 Dec Birmingham O2 Institute
Wed 18 Dec Frome Cheese & Grain
Thu 19 Dec Bournemouth O2 Academy Bournemouth
Fri 20 Dec Guildford G Live
Sat 21 Dec Lincoln Engine Shed
A ticket presale through all of the tour’s venues will take place from 10.00am on Wednesday, 20th February.
Tickets go on general sale at 10.00am on Friday, 22nd February, available from https://www.alttickets.com/happy-mondays-tickets