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Happy Mondays to play at Kings Hall, Herne Bay

Happy Mondays will kick off their UK tour in Herne Bay
Happy Mondays will kick off their UK tour in Herne Bay

Madchester legends Happy Mondays are to begin their 25th anniversary tour in Herne Bay.

The Kings Hall will be the smallest venue played by the acid house favourites, led by former I’m A Celebrity... contestant Shaun Ryder and percussionist Mark “Bez” Berry.

The gig on Thursday, November 21 will be the first of a 14-date tour which will travel to the Forum in London and O2 Academy venues including Leeds, Glasgow, Newcastle and Liverpool.

The tour marks the 25th anniversary of their album Bummed, released in 1988, which laid the foundations for the northern soul and psychedelic fusion of their seminal third album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches.

A mad rush is expected when the 600 tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, June 14.

Last year, Shaun Ryder announced the original definitive line-up of the band would tour again.

He told ITV show This Morning that amends had been made, friendships reinstated and that it was just like the old days but without the madness.

After a UK tour last year, they also performed in Chile and Argentina, and headlined Camp Bestival.

The band are working on new material – the first by the original line-up in two decades – due out this year.

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