James and Happy Mondays announce huge Manchester Arena gig

Manchester gigs - James

James have announced a huge UK arena tour for November and December 2021 supported by Happy Mondays.

The gigs mark 33 years since the two Factory label mates toured together back in 1988 and will see them performing at Manchester Arena.

After signing to Factory Records in 1982, James went on to release a series of successful hit singles and albums. From Sit Down to She’s A Star, Laid, Come Home, Moving On to Nothing But Love and Many Faces their diverse sound spans over 15 studio albums released over three decades.  The latest two albums charted in the UK and numbers six and two.  They have now sold more than 20 million albums.  Their 2018 tour also saw them playing their biggest ever dates with 86 shows across 14 countries.

Speaking about touring with Happy Mondays, Tim Booth said, “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs. It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope. We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”

Following their original line up reformation in 2012, legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays will join this very special arena tour. Happy Mondays were first discovered by mastermind Tony Wilson in the Haçienda and have become synonymous with the Manchester music scene.

Since their first album Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out) which debuted in 1987 Happy Mondays followed up with two classic albums; Bummed in 1988, then Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches which went on to achieve platinum status in the UK alone.

When do James and Happy Mondays perform at Manchester Arena?

James and Happy Mondays perform at Manchester Arena on 3 December 2021.  The Manchester gig is one of seven UK and Ireland dates they are playing:

25 November   –   Leeds, First Direct Arena
26 November   –   Birmingham, Utilita Arena
28 November   –   Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
30 November   –   Glasgow, SSE Hydro
1 December   –   Dublin, 3Arena
3 December   –   Manchester, Manchester AO Arena
4 December   –   London, SSE Arena

When do tickets for James and Happy Mondays at Manchester Arena go on sale?

Tickets for James and Happy Mondays go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 20 November.

Mark Kelly

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