Happy Mondays + Special Guests
22 Nov 2013 / 8pm - 2am Forum, London
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The legendary ‘Madchester’ band the Happy Mondays return to London for a special performance at The Forum in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their classic LP “Bummed”. In support two of the most exciting young bands around in The Sunshine Underground and Sulk. Unmissable.
In 2012 the Happy Mondays announced a return to the live stage, reuniting the full original line-up for the first time in over 19 years. Following two sold out nights at the Brixton Academy, they followed these shows up with a visit to the Roundhouse courtesy of CME welcoming the acid house pioneers 808 State along for the ride.
In 1985 the Happy Mondays fused a sound that owed as much to northern soul and funk as it did rock and psychedelia; it was however the influence of the house music records beaming in from Chicago that had the most profound effect on the band, culminating on the release of their classic album “Bummer” which put them firmly on the map. In 1990 they released the ‘Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches’ album which collided with the acid house and rave movement that had swept the UK, firmly establishing The Happy Mondays as one of the most inspiring bands to come out of England in the early 1990s. The rest as they say, is history.
With the classic cuts ‘Step On’, ‘Kinky Afro’, ‘Hallelujah’ and of course the track mirrored by a film of the same name ‘24 Hour Party People’ cementing the bands reputation as one of the most advantageous and colorful of the last 20 years, November 22nd will no doubt be one show to remember!
Described by themselves as simply ‘a party band’, Leeds-based band The Sunshine Underground are a fine mix of indie and dance music infused with electronic beats and bleeps, funky bass lines and epic, rousing choruses. Admitting themselves that making the same kind of music gets boring, The Sunshine Underground have a different offering in every track and, in their own words are ‘…writing music because they want to and playing it to other people because they want to hear it’.
Under the rainy skies of London, the shining sounds of Britpop, Shoegaze and Psychedelia are back in bloom. Locked up in the back room of an east end gallery stirring up 90s inspired sonic harmonies, this five-piece’s influences are less worn on their sleeves, than branded on their hearts. Bands such as The Stone Roses, Suede, Pulp and The Verve are wholly evident, but this isn’t nostalgia for old time’s sake. Sulk mix what came before, and what’s yet to come into crushing waves of beauty, honesty and anthemic bliss for a whole new generation.
Two amazing support bands for the essential rock gig of the year.
- Happy Mondays (live)
- BIG UNIT (live)
- Bibelots (live)
- Sulk (live)
- Haçienda Djs