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Bez talks maracas and 24 hour party people ahead of playing Dreamland with the Happy Mondays

It's time to shake your maracas because the Happy Mondays - with dancer Bez - are at Dreamland.

The band play the Scenic Stage on Saturday, July 13, with a night of favourites such as 24 Hour Party People, Step On and Kinky Afro.

After success with albums Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, they disbanded in 1993, but have reformed several times and still include singer Shaun Ryder and dancer/percussionist Mark Berry - aka Celebrity Big Brother winner Bez.

Bez will be at Dreamland with the Happy Mondays Picture: Anthony Mooney
Bez will be at Dreamland with the Happy Mondays Picture: Anthony Mooney

So, will his trademark maracas be joining him? "I buy a big box of maracas, because I like to throw them out to the crowd," he says. "I get artists to paint them for me. Sometimes I want to keep them, but mostly I throw them to the crowd."

Are he and Shaun still, at 55 and 56, still 24-hour party people? "He's one of my best friends. I do manage to get hold of him every now and then. Once I am out and I've got myself in the mood, I will normally end up going out somewhere afterwards. If my Mrs isn't with me - she's the driver. "

Happy Mondays will play Dreamland
Happy Mondays will play Dreamland

"I am quite lucky, I am still fit and healthy and can still bust a few moves. I don't look that far ahead - I'm not a big forward planner. I follow my nose, you could say. I normally find out the set list just before and I moan if the first song is too slow. I like to have one with a bit of pace."

Bez on the maracas at Forest Live in Bedgebury Picture: Emma Bramley
Bez on the maracas at Forest Live in Bedgebury Picture: Emma Bramley

"My grandson is a great dancer - he's eight. There are videos of him on Facebook, though I don't look at that stuff. He puts me to shame these days."

Also at the Margate amusement park this weekend which celebrated its 99th birthday last week, will be Netflix UK's Stranger Things 3 ice cream parlour.


Happy Mondays are at Dreamland, Margate on Saturday, July 13.Tickets for ages 16 and over are £20 plus a booking fee. Book at dreamland.co.uk

The band also play Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on Friday, November 8. Book at alttickets.com

Bez also appeared at the Forest live concerts with Hacienda Classical last month.

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