Happy Mondays announce UK greatest hits tour

The Happy Mondays are staging a comeback, releasing details of a UK and Ireland tour of their greatest hits.

The veteran pioneers of the Madchester sound of the 1980s will be driving around the country in November and December this year, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album.

Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) - yes, that's the album's full title - was launched in 1987, and later inspired Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People starring Steve Coogan.

The film told the story of the Manchester music scene and the famed Factory Records, which launched artist such as Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

In an interview to NME magazine, Happy Mondays founder Shaun Ryder said he was working in a solo album, but was "going to do a Happy Mondays album first".

"There's six people in the Mondays who've all got an equal say and we've been arguing for 30 years about who's the boss. It just takes longer to get done," he added.

The Madchester sound is a music genre developed in the late 1980s and into the early 1990s which mixed alternative rock, psychedelic rock and electronic music from the UK rave scene.

The Happy Mondays are planning to play 25 gigs around the UK and Ireland.

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