Happy Mondays – Sunday

/Happy Mondays – Sunday

Happy Mondays – Sunday

Photo Credit: Paul Husband



We are buzzing to have Happy Mondays headlining  the Main Stage on Sunday night.

Bringing infinite energy, banging tunes and some shameless nostalgia, they’ll be back on the road after their 30th anniversary Twenty Four Hour Party People tour.

 “We’re performing better than ever and I love getting together with the band, blasting out all our great tunes we’ve made together over the decades. It’s gonna be great” says frontman Shaun Ryder.

Bez, the group’s dancer and percussionist, added, “Just as I thought it was all over, the party’s starting again!”  And we can’t wait to party with them!

Happy Mondays formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester. The original line-up – Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark ‘Bez’ Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer and percussionist. Rowetta then joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.

‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches in 1990 produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne went platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies & put the band firmly on the map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in the early 1990s.  Singles ’Step On’ and ‘Kinky Afro’ from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. ‘Yes Please!’ followed in 1992, produced by Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, recorded at Eddy Grant’s studio in Barbados. By the late 1980s the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene.