90s legends Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets reunite for UK tour

HAPPY MONDAYS ... Bez and Shaun Ryder pictured in their heyday.
HAPPY MONDAYS ... Bez and Shaun Ryder pictured in their heyday.

Bez, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Davies, Paul Ryder, Rowetta and Shaun Ryder – the original line up of Happy Mondays are back together for the first time in over 19 years and will embark on an 11 date UK tour in May including a massive show at Manchester Arena.

Shaun Ryder says; ‘We all met up last week and some of the lads haven’t seen each other in over 10, 15 years. It’s as if we’ve never been apart – so good to all be in the same room again. We can’t wait now to get on tour and play the songs that made us famous.’

Happy Mondays were first discovered by the legend Tony Wilson in the Hacienda and have become synonymous with the Manchester music scene.

Since their first album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) which debuted in 1987 Happy Mondays followed up with two classic albums; Bummed in 1988, then Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches which went on to achieve platinum status in the UK alone.

Expect to hear songs ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘24 Hour Party People’ and many, many more.

Happy Mondays will be joined by special guests – the newly reformed Inspiral Carpets.

May 2012

Thursday 3 Newcastle O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Friday 4 Glasgow O2 Academy 0844 499 9990

Saturday 5 Manchester Arena 0844 847 8000

Sunday 6 Sheffield O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Wednesday 9 Bournemouth O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Thursday 10 London O2 Academy Brixton 0844 477 2000

Friday 11 London O2 Academy Brixton 0844 477 2000

Saturday 12 Birmingham O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Tuesday 15 Dublin Olympia (353) 1 6793323/0818719330

Thursday 17 Leeds O2 Academy 0844 477 2000

Friday 18 Nottingham Rock City 0845 413 4444

Tickets are onsale Friday, February 3 at 10am

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