HAPPY (Mon)days! They're coming back - that is the Happy Mondays to the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend.

The classic line-up of front man Shaun Ryder, Bez (freaky dancing and percussion), Rowetta (vocals), Gary Whelan (drums), Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar) and Dan Broad (MD/guitar/keys) will perform timeless hits such as Step On, Kinky Afro, Hallelujah, W.F.L., Loose Fit, Judge Fudge and 24 Hour Party People, amongst many others, on Friday November 1 at the theatre in Station Road, Essex.

Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder said: "Be great to be back out on the road with Happy Mondays for some pre-Christmas partying!

"Looking forward to playing all the hits and more at these shows.”

Happy Mondays formed in Salford in 1980.

The band's original line-up was Shaun Ryder (vocals), his brother Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar), Paul Davis (keyboard), and Gary Whelan (drums).

Mark "Bez" Berry later joined the band onstage as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta joined the band as a guest vocalist in 1990.

The group's work bridged the Manchester independent rock music of the 1980s and the emerging UK rave scene, drawing influence from funk, house, and psychedelia to pioneer the Madchester sound.

They experienced their commercial peak with the releases Bummed (1988), Madchester Rave On (1989), and Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches (1990), with the latter going platinum in the UK.

They disbanded in 1993, and have reformed several times in subsequent decades.

Doors 7pm.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult and are not permitted in the standing area.

Tickets are £37.50 standed or seated, available from southendtheaters.org.uk or by calling the box office on 01702 351135.

A maximum of six tickets per transaction are allowed.