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Happy Mondays ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ New Zealand Show Announced

Happy Mondays ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ New Zealand Show Announced

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 10:51AM

Madchester icons Happy Mondays are hitting Aotearoa for a headline performance at Auckland's The Powerstation this February. The party-loving crew have been 'aving it large since forming all the way back in 1980, their landmark 1990 album with producer Paul Oakenfold Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches changed the face of UK indie music with its paradigm-shifting mashup of club beats, deep grooves and frontman Shaun Ryder's evocative lyricism. Their rise to fame was documented in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 hugely entertaining film 24 Hour Party People, vocalist Ryder will be joined on stage by dance legend Bez, Paul Ryder, Mark Day, Gaz Whelan, Rowetta and Dan Broad to play Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches in full for the first time in New Zealand. Check out the details here...

UPDATE 30/10/18: Happy Mondays have announced a second Auckland show due to overwhelming demand:

Happy Mondays - playing ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in full
Wednesday 27th February - The Powerstation, Auckland
Thursday 28th February - The Powerstation, Auckland (sold out)

Presales available from 9.00am, Wednesday 24th October (VIP meet & greet packages with Bez are available)

Here's Happy Mondays' hit cover of John Kongos' 'Step On' from Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches...

Check out the vintage clip for dancefloor burner 'Kinky Afro'...

Press release:

For the first time in New Zealand the band will be playing their seminal album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in full!

HAPPY MONDAYS formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester: the original line-up included Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day who are all still with the current line up! The group's work bridged the Manchester independent rock music of the 1980s and the emerging UK rave scene.

1987 saw their first album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile’ and this was followed by the classic album ‘Bummed’ in 1988.

But it was 1990’s ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ an majorly influential album, produced by Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne which saw the band break big time and go platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies. This put the band firmly on the map as one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK in the early 1990s. Singles Step On and Kinky Afro from this album both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. ‘Yes Please!’ followed in 1992.

By the late 1980s the HAPPY MONDAYS were an important part of the U.K. music scene. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success to go along with the massive success in their home country.

It wasn’t until 2007 that they released their first album in fourteen years ‘Uncle Dysfunktional’. The band played Coachella Music Festival in California and toured throughout the summer of 2007. The band continued to make festical appearances, and after a successful UK tour in November/December 2017 HAPPY MONDAYS are were back playing festivals throughout 2018. Joining the Ryders Brothers and Mark Day are Bez (Percussion & dancer), Gaz Whelan (drums), Rowetta (vocals) and Dan Broad (keyboardist and musical director). Now it is Australia and New Zealand’s turn to see this visionary band and they have a huge surprise in store! They will be playing their seminal album ‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ in full!


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Happy Mondays
Thu 28th Feb 8:00pm
The Powerstation, Auckland