HAPPY MONDAYS – BUMMED 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2013
25 years on from its release in November 1988, Happy Mondays’ sophomore album Bummed (Fac 220) still sounds extraordinary and unique.
Marrying dense funkadelic grooves with biting post-punk guitars and disorientating, eddying keyboards it makes for a vivid, unsettling, and elaborate whole. We hear slide guitar mixing with looped drum-machines, alongside sound clips from the film ‘Performance’ and half-inched Beatles melodies; all unified by Shaun Ryder’s singular incantations of luck, lazyitis and fat lady wrestlers.
The importance of this record can’t be overstated; Bummed propelled the Happy Mondays into the wider public eye, found them dominating Top Of The Pops and playing stadiums. Bummed is the crucial connector between indie and acid house of course, between rock and rave – just listen to the Vince Clarke remix of ‘Wrote For Luck’ (WFL) –
this is something daring and unheard of which changed the clubbing landscape of the country forever.
So exactly 25 years later we have a chance to hear this seminal and astonishing album played out in full; from the two stepping ‘Country Song to a meeting with ‘Mad Cyril’ and a heady dose of ‘Lazyitis’ along the way. These performances are guaranteed to be unprecedented and
Tickets on general sale Friday 31st May 2013
* Tickets from ticketweb.co.uk or 0844 477 2000
21st Kings Hall Canterbury
22nd The Forum London
23rd The Ritz Manchester
25th UEA Norwich
28th O2 Academy Leicester*
29th O2 Academy Newcastle*
30th O2 Academy Leeds*
1st O2 Academy Glasgow*
4th The Forum Hertfordshire*
5th O2 Academy Bournemouth*
6th O2 Academy Birmingham*
7th O2 Academy Liverpool*
12th O2 Academy Sheffield*
13th O2 Academy Oxford*
14th O2 Academy Bristol*