Happy Mondays announce Doncaster racecourse gig

By Adele Forrest | 19/03/2018

Happy Mondays announce Doncaster racecourse gig

TWENTY-Four Hour Party People will be able to Step On to Doncaster Racecourse this spring and catch Manchester legends the Happy Mondays.

Singer Shaun Ryder, dancer Bez and powerhouse vocalist Rowetta will be hitting the racecourse on May 19.

Formed in Salford in 1980, the Happy Mondays were an important part of the Madchester dance music scene. 

Their album Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches went platinum in the UK selling more than 350,000 copies, and they are widely regarded as one of the most influential British bands of all time.

Singles Step On and Kinky Afro both reached number 5 in the UK singles chart. 

Tim Banfield, executive director at Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing Happy Mondays to Doncaster for our May Music Live event.

“This will be a fantastic afternoon of racing followed by a great evening of lively music which is sure to get people dancing.

“Happy Mondays will transport people back to the 90s.”

Last year, the Happy Mondays went back on the road with their 24 Hour Party People – Greatest Hits Tour.

Happy Mondays’ front man Shaun Ryder said: “We’re performing better than ever and I love getting together with the band, blasting out all our great tunes we’ve made together over the decades. 

“It’s gonna be great.” 

Dancer and maraca-shaker Bez added: “Just as I thought it was all over, the party’s starting again. 

“Look forward to seeing you all.” 

The band also includes of keyboardist Dan Broad, bassist Paul Ryder, guitarist Mark Day, and drummer Gary Whelan. 

Tickets are priced from £28 and go on sale on Wednesday (March 21) at 10am from www.doncasteracecourse.co.uk. Alternatively, call 01302 304200.