LEGENDARY Manchester band Happy Mondays is set to land in Southend as part of their first headline tour in five years.

Billed as “The Been There Done That Tour”, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, will perform alongside Bez, Rowetta, Mark Day, Gary Whelan, and Dan Broad. They will play the band’s classic hits such as 24-Hour Party People, Step On, Hallelujah, Loose Fit, Judge Fudge, W.F.L. and Kinky Afro, among many others.

They will be supported by fellow 1990s icons Inspiral Carpets and Stereo MCs when they perform at the Cliffs Pavilion on April 7, from 7pm.

Happy Mondays became the pioneers of the Madchester sound after signing to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records in the late 1980s, blending their love of funk, rock, psychedelia, and house with the sounds of the UK’s emerging rave scene.

The band became icons of Britain’s biggest cultural phenomenon for a generation when they crossed over into the mainstream with the release of their third album, 1990’s platinum-selling “Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches”.

The Happy Mondays’ reputation as one of Britain’s most influential and loved bands was recognised in 2016 when they won the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award.

Tickets cost £45.25 and can be bought on the Cliffs Pavilion website.