Happy Mondays Bez walks out holding what appears to be a stick with a doll hanging from the end of it and announcing like James Brown's old hype-man... "25 years of history you old bastards... Power to the People". Next to enter the stage is Rowetta. The whole evening seems to have certain M25-rave-feel about it and as if to accentuate this, she comes out swinging illuminous balls around her head in a festival-yo-yo-slash-fire-thing-style. By now Bez's familiar strut is beginning to get into it's flow. And then, the loudest cheer of the night so far... Shaun Ryder walks out showing that he is, despite many people's assumptions, a man of the times... by smoking an electronic cigarette onstage. This is 1988 nostalgia with a very 2013 twist.


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Happy Mondays The Happy Mondays are a band who need little introduction. They have been making the headlines since they burst onto the Manchester music scene in the 80s for both good and bad reasons. Now they are the latest band riding the nostalgia wave that has so far seen Britpop favourites like Blur, Pulp and The Stone Roses reform for reunion shows. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at the show in Manchester. I’ll admit I was wondering what Bez would do. I perhaps wasn’t expecting the professional and pulled together show that I got.


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The Charlatans t was a pleasure to come back to this perfect venue in Birmingham for a night of The Charlatans. I was frighteningly delighted in the run up to the gig to learn that Shaun Ryder was support for the night! This was the closing night to their tour which started in Newcastle on the 7th Oct. They also kick straight into a European tour on 25th Oct that begins in Amsterdam and finishes with Hong Kong and Japan dates. They are busy boys and I have to say that I think it showed on the night. The Charlatans for me represent my youth, when indie ruled the world and baggy northern styled songs battled southern Fred perry fashionistas to rule the dance floor. In the days before I had to listen to people discuss the X-factor as though discussing modern art or politics. So the thought of a night with the Tim and Shaun gave me a little warm glow.


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