25 Oct 2012
Happy Mondays Autumn Tour 2012 
Happy Mondays bring 2012 to a live conclusion in fine style with a selection of UK and continental Europe dates. It's off to the Brighton Centre on 30 November before 8 dates in France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. The tour then goes to Shetland and London before finishing on Saturday 22 December at The Warehouse Project in Manchester.

That tour itinerary in full:

November

30 - The Brighton Centre, Brighton (+ support from 808 State Sound System, 

Tickets £32.50 via theticketsellers.co.uk

December

1 - Le Trabendo, Paris, France
3 - Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
5 - Debaser, Malmö, Sweden
6 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
7 - Kvarteret, Bergen, Norway
9 - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
10 - Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
11 - Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

14/15 - Mareel, Shetland (+ support John Wean, The Revellers and Vertigo DJ Aftershow, tickets available now priced 50.00 GBP online via Shetland Box Office at Isleburgh Community Centre)

19/20 - Roundhouse, Camden (Standing tickets £32.50 available to buy now

22 - The Warehouse Project, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (Tickets via ents24.com priced £25.00)

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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