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The Mancunian rockers fail to make it to the opening day in Auckland after an incident on their flight...

HAPPY MONDAYS failed to show at the opening gig of the BIG DAY OUT festival in AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND today (January 19) after they were thrown off a plane on the way there, NME.COM can reveal.

According to our reporters at the festival, the band were put off a plane in Bahrain en route to New Zealand. Reports that an incident occurred involving a window on the plane have not as yet been confirmed. NME.COM will bring further information as we get it.

The Mondays were due to appear on the Boiler Room dance stage at the Ericsson Arena, alongside Darren Emerson, Roni Size and Carl Cox. They are expected to join the Big Day Out line-up, which includes Limp Bizkit, PJ Harvey, Placebo, Coldplay and Mudvayne, when it moves on to Gold Coast on Sunday (January 21).

There were also problems for Black Eyed Peas, who played their headline set on the Green Stage one member down, after one of the group was sent home at New Zealand customs when they were allegedly found in possession of a cannabis joint.

This is the seventh year that the show has been held at the Ericsson Arena in Auckland, and numbers are believed to be down on previous years.

Click back later today, for further news updates and reports from NME.COM at the Big Day Out, and check back as we follow the tour on its way around Australia, calling at:

Gold Coast (January 21)

Sydney (26)

Melbourne (28)

Adelaide (February 2)

Perth (4)

And look out for our special feature from Sydney, the biggest of the shows, when we will have full reviews and special news reports on how the tour has been going so far.