The Happy Mondays are one of Greater Manchester's biggest exports, originally formed in 1980 and later signed to the infamous Factory Records label releasing their first E.P. in September 1985. They are arguably one of the most important British bands of the 1980/90s's as they put 'Madchester' on the map with their unique fusion of alternative rock and rave, influencing acts such as Oasis, The Stone Roses and The Charlatans.
The Mondays' success gained them International acclaim, leading them to play at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and recording their Platinum award winning 'Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches' album at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
In 1999 the band reformed after a seven year hiatus, playing to sellout crowds at the Manchester Arena and Brixton Academy. A few years later the film 24 Hour Party People was released starring Steve Coogan as Factory Records founder Tony Wilson and featured fictionalised versions of the band with a cameo by Rowetta as herself and Paul Ryder as a gangster.
The band have been through several revivals since then with changes to the lineup but in 2012 Shaun Ryder announced live on radio that the original and definitive lineup would reform with himself and members Paul Ryder, Gary Whelan, Mark Day, Rowetta and of course not forgetting the iconic Bez.
The band are currently touring to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of their 'Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) ' album.