4 Feb 2012
The boys are back in town 
The original line-up of Happy Mondays (plus backing vocalist Rowetta) has reformed for a UK tour in May 2012. Bez, PD, Cow, Horse, X and Gaz play major cities with support for all dates coming from Inspiral Carpets. Tickets went on sale yesterday and Glasgow has sold out but all other dates are still available.

May 2012

Thu 3 - O2 Academy, Newcastle 19:00
Fri 4 - O2 Academy, Glasgow 19:30 [Sold Out]
Sat 5 - Manchester Arena, Manchester 18:00
Sun 6 - O2 Academy, Sheffield 19:00
Wed 9 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth 19:00
Thu 10 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Fri 11 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Sat 12 - O2 Academy, Birmingham 19:00
Thu 17 - O2 Academy, Leeds 19:00

Ticket available from gigsandtours.com and Ticketmaster

More info at happymondaysonline.com

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