Black Grape announce tour and confirm plans for new album

Happy Monday side-project to work on first new material since 1997

Black Grape have announced new tour dates for later this year and stated that they will record a new album.

The band, which consists of Happy Mondays‘ Shaun Ryder and Bez along with Paul “Kermit” Leveridge, reunited in 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of debut album ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’. Now they have added more live dates for November and December 2016.

Ryder says in a press release: “I am loving Black Grape and really enjoying it this time round, more than ever. I’m looking forward to doing ‘It’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ on tour and can’t wait to get stuck into recording a new album.”

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Rapper Kermit adds: “It’s been an absolute pleasure doing the Black Grape gigs and I’m really looking forward to jousting with Shaun again and generally having a blast, man.”

The tour sees Black Grape playing gigs in Norwich, Cambridge, Liverpool, Hull, Glasgiw, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London, Nottingham, Wakefield, Galway and Dublin. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (May 20).

Black Grape released debut album ‘I’t’s Great When You’re Straight… Yeah’ in 1995, before following it up with second album ‘Stupid Stupid Stupid’ in 1997.

Black Grape play the following live dates.

Norwich, Waterfront (November 11)
Cambridge, Junction (12)
Liverpool, O2 Academy (17)
Hull, Welly (18)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (23)
Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms (24)
Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom (25)
London, Electric Ballroom (December 7)
Nottingham, Rock City (8)
Wakefield, Warehouse 23 (9)
Galway, Roisin Dubh (22)
Dublin, Vicar Street (23)