Gig review: Happy Mondays at O2 Academy Leeds

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There were huge queues of fans waiting to get in, prompting the start of the gig to be delayed by half an hour or so.

It was certainly worth the wait.

The Happy Mondays, touring to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1990 masterpiece Pills, Thrills ’n’ Belly Aches, were in typically ebullient mood throughout.

Rowetta, who appears to be enjoying a new lease of life these days and is looking younger than ever, stole the show with her incredible voice.

The make-up of the crowd was your usual Mondays following and they lapped it up adoringly.

Kicking things off with ‘Kinky Afro’ ensured a raucous start to the night and, with Bez strutting his stuff on stage, the party atmosphere was soon in full swing.

Sean Ryder? As a Mondays fan it is hard not to admire what he does as more classics such as ‘Loose Fit’ and ‘Step On’ were belted out.

Indeed, the band played the whole of the album to a packed house throughout a fine performance which lasted around 90 minutes.

They gave a short encore, with brilliant track ‘Wrote For Luck’ showing no signs of age, but the night was then over, with their legions of fans longing for more.

Sadly that was it, but 25 years on from their seminal album, the Happy Mondays remain a force to be reckoned with and should be around for some time yet.