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Happy Mondays

Saturday 6th April

Troxy, London

Happy Mondays, the legendary Manchester band synonymous with the Madchester scene of the late '80s and early '90s, brought their iconic vibes to a sold-out show at Troxy in London. The lineup, featuring Shaun Ryder, Bez, Rosetta, Mark Day, Gary Whelan and Dan Broad, took the stage amidst palpable excitement and anticipation from the crowd - a mix of die-hard original fans and partiers reliving the glory days of the band.

From the moment the band kicked off their set, it was clear that this was going to be more than just a concert; it was a journey back in time. The audience, mostly comprised of those who experienced the Happy Mondays phenomenon firsthand, embraced the nostalgic atmosphere as if the Troxy had transformed into a portal to the Madchester era.

Happy Mondays delighted the crowd with a selection of their biggest hits, each song resonating with the infectious energy and raw charisma that defined their music. Classics like ‘Step On’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘Kinky Afro’ had the audience in a frenzy, dancing and singing along with unbridled enthusiasm.

Shaun Ryder's distinctive vocals were as magnetic as ever, weaving through the band's eclectic blend of indie Rock, Funk and Dance. He blended the setlist with his typical banter: “I’ve forgotten the f+@~ing words”, whilst almost a little pantomime, was on point for the adoring crowd. Bez, the irrepressible dancer and percussionist, infused the performance with his trademark exuberance, captivating the crowd with his unique stage presence, and of course a pair of maracas.

The chemistry among the band members was evident throughout the night, their musical synergy transporting the audience to a place where time seemed to stand still. Mark Day's guitar riffs, Gary Whelan's driving rhythms, and Rosetta's melodic contributions added layers to the band's dynamic sound, while Mikey Shine held down the groove with precision on bass.

The atmosphere inside Troxy was electric, fuelled by a shared sense of nostalgia and an appreciation for the band's enduring legacy. For many in attendance, it was more than just a concert; it was a celebration of youth, rebellion and the spirit of a musical movement that defined a generation. For one night they could forget the kids and stresses of 2024 and be free.

As the final notes echoed through the venue and the applause reverberated, it was evident that Happy Mondays had delivered a performance that transcended mere entertainment. They had captured the essence of an era, leaving their devoted fans with memories to cherish - a testament to the timelessness of their music and its enduring impact. It was a jubilant reunion of old souls and new fans alike, a testament to the band's enduring appeal and the indelible mark they left on music history. The Madchester scene was alive and well that night, and Happy Mondays proved once again why they remain icons of their era and inspirations to those who followed.

Chris Griffiths

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