Shaun Ryder ‘throwing everything’ into solo show at Manchester’s FAC 251

Happy Mondays man set to play 'best of' set this Sunday (April 4)

Shaun Ryder has revealed that he is “throwing everything” into his upcoming show in his native Manchester.

Taking place this Sunday (April 4), the Happy Mondays man is set to play a ‘best of’ set featuring songs from his entire back catalogue at the newly-opened FAC 251, owned by former Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook.

“We’re gonna be doing some [Black] Grape stuff, some of the [Happy] Mondays‘ songs and some solo tunes,” Ryder told NME.COM. “Playing these tunes now, this time round we can enjoy it, it’s gonna be more fun. It looked great and looked fun last time we did them, but there was a lot of madness going on.”

Also set to play with Black Grape for the first time since 1997 in London this Thursday (April 1), which he said would be “fucking great”, Ryder admitted that his solo Manchester date would be “special”.

“The show you’re gonna get to see at Hooky‘s club [FAC 251], the next time you’re gonna get to see something like that it’ll be at the G-Mex or [Manchester] Evening News Arena,” he explained. “This show is kinda like one of those MTV Unplugged type things – it’s in a small venue and the people who are the real fans are going to get to see that up and close. I’m throwing everything into it, exactly as we would if we were playing it in a bigger place.”

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