7 Oct 2013
Bummed: Happy Mondays 25th anniversary tour 
Happy Mondays

A reminder that FACT 220 will form the basis of the next Happy Mondays tour in November. Not surprisingly christened 'Bummed - the 25th anniversary tour', Shaun Ryder's very merry men will celebrate a quarter of a century since the release of their Martin Hannett-produced second album, way back in 1988.

You can expect to hear the rousing clarion call of anthems such as 'Wrote For Luck', 'Lazyitis' and 'Mad Cyril', as well as other tunes from their repertoire.

Tickets are on sale now with further info available via Allgigs. N.B. The Herne Bay show on 21st November has already sold out so expect the others to follow suit at some point. The Sunshine Underground will support (plus other 'guests').

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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.

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