James Announce 2021 UK & Ireland Arena Tour With Happy Mondays

The seven-date jaunt kicks off in Leeds on November 25 and wraps at London’s SSE Wembley Arena on December 4 next year.

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James have announced details of a UK and Ireland arena tour for 2021, supported by The Happy Mondays.

The Madchester heroes will head out for arena dates in cities such as Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow in November next year, before wrapping up at London’s SSE Arena Wembley on December 4. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on Friday (November 20). You can check out all the dates in full below.

On their official website, James’s Jim Glennie said, “I take great pleasure in welcoming Happy Mondays to join us on our 2021 Winter Tour. True Manchester legends and old band buddies, it will be an honour to have them as our very special guests. Make sure you get your tickets for an exceptional double bill of fun and fantastic music.”

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The announcement comes after Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder and Bez launched a new YouTube channel called ‘Call The Cops’.

In a trailer for the project shared last month, soundtracked by the Mondays’ ‘Step On’, Ryder explained: “We’ll be looking back at our lives but f_k knows what else we’ll be looking back at.”

Later in the clip, the pair discussed forming the Happy Mondays in 1980. “I mean, we were making records before we could really play or I could write songs,” Ryder recalled. “The first song I wrote was about the Vietnam War.”

They then look back on Ryder’s stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! a decade ago. “The best moment of the whole thing is when you got bit by that snake,” Bez says.

Elsewhere in Happy Mondays news, the band will headline the brand new festival, Creation Day, next year alongside Editors. The event is set to take place at Wolverhampton West Park from May 29-30, 2021.

James and Happy Mondays play the following UK arena shows in 2021:

November 2021:
25 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
26 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
28 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
30 – SSE Hydro, Glasgow

December 2021:
1 – 3Arena, Dublin
3 – AO Arena, Manchester
4 – SSE Arena Wembley, London.

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