Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays have announced a 23-date tour for October and November 2022. The Happy Mondays’ classic line-up of frontman 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 Brixton Academy on 15th October and two hometown dates at Manchester Academy on 3rd and 4th of November.
The Happy Mondays become 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’.
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 as ‘Walkaway’ ‘Alright’ and ‘Finetime’.
The full list of tour dates is as follows:
07 CAMBRIDGE CORN EXCHANGE
08 NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY
09 HULL SU ASYLUM
13 NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDER
14 LIVERPOOL MOUNTFORD HALL
15 LONDON O2 BRIXTON ACADEMY
21 NEWCASTLE O2 CITY HALL
22 BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
27 BRIGHTON DOME
28 GUILDFORD GLIVE
29 SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY
03 MANCHESTER ACADEMY
04 MANCHESTER ACADEMY
05 LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
12 BRISTOL O2 ACADEMY
13 BLACKBURN KINGS GEORGE’S HALL
18 NORWICH THE NICK RAYNS LCR
19 BOURNEMOUTH O2 ACADEMY
20 OXFORD O2 ACADEMY
24 DUNFERMLINE ALHAMBRA THEATRE*
25 DUNDEE FAT SAMS*
26 GLASGOW BARROWLANDS
27 GLASGOW BARROWLANDS