- Published in 2018 Lineup
Friday 31st Aug // 22:40 // SHOREFIELDS
One of the most famous bands to emerge from the 1980s Manchester scene - with a slew of hits including Step On, Kinky Afro and 24 Hour Party People – alt-rock legends Happy Mondays will join Brighton folk-punk band the Levellers at the top of the bill for Lindisfarne Festival 2018.
“We're all really looking forward to headlining Lindisfarne Festival on 31st August. It’s going to be a great party!! Love that the festival supports Musicians Against Homelessness too - a great cause!”
- Shaun Ryder, Happy Mondays
Happy Mondays formed in 1980 in Salford, Greater Manchester. The original line-up - Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, with brother Paul Ryder on bass, lead guitarist Mark Day, keyboardist Paul Davis, and drummer Gary Whelan. Mark ‘Bez’ Berry later joined the band onstage during a live performance after befriending Shaun Ryder and served as a dancer and percussionist. Rowetta then joined the band to provide backing vocals in the early 1990s.
Their first official release was the ’Forty Five EP' on Factory Records in September 1985. Tony Wilson discovered them and they signed to Factory Records. Their first album ‘Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile’ (White Out) released in 1987 and was produced by John Cale. This was followed by two classic albums, ‘Bummed’ in 1988, produced by Martin Hannett.
‘Pills ’n’ Thrills and Bellyaches' in 1990 went 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. By the late 1980s the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Manchester music scene. Numerous world tours meant the band had international success as well as massive success in their home country.
Since then, the band have reformed multiple times and have toured extensively in the UK and internationally, selling out the 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena and playing at festivals around the world. This summer we can't wait to welcome them to Beal Farm, Northumberland as our Friday night headliner!