Happy Mondays: Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches 25th anniversary UK tour
Updated: 14 April 2015
Happy Mondays celebrate 25 years of Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches with a nationwide autumn tour.
The Mancunian group will tour the UK and Ireland during November and December to mark the 25th anniversary of their third studio album, including a gig in Manchester.
Happy Mondays’ tour will get underway at Southampton’s O2 Guildhall on 5 November and will continue with dates in Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Norwich, Bristol and Cardiff.
December will see the Madchester group perform in Lincoln, Cambridge, Oxford, Llandudno and Dublin.
Happy Mondays’ live dates mark 25 years since their third album, Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches, was released. The collection – released by Factory Records in 1990 – includes singles Step On, Kinky Afro and Loose Fit.
The album has achieved platinum status in the UK and has been hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time by Q Magazine and Channel 4 viewers. Happy Mondays are expected to perform the album in full, along with playing b-sides, on the UK and Ireland tour.
About Happy Mondays
Formed in the 1980’s, Happy Mondays were an integral part of the Madchester music scene. The original line-up consisted Shaun Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Ryder and Paul Davis before Rowetta Satchell and Mark "Bez" Berry joined.
Over the course of two decades the band released five albums. Their debut, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), came in 1987.
This was followed by two of the band’s most classic albums: Bummed (1988) and Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990). The collections – released by Factory Records – were culturally significant and put the band on the mapn.
Bummed was produced by Martin Hannett while Paul Oakenfiled and Steve Osborne produced Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches. The latter has sold over 350,000 copies in the UK and, in 2000, Q Magazine placed the album at 31 on their 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
Happy Mondays followed with Yes Please! in 1992 before splitting the following year. They re-grouped several times in the proceedings years and eventually released their fifth album, Uncle Dysfunktional, in 2007.
In 2012 the band confirmed they would return with their most notable line-up of Shaun Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Paul Ryder and Paul Davis, Rowetta Satchell and Mark "Bez" Berry. The group embarked on a huge tour of the UK, which also marked the 25th anniversary of Bummed.