Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

The craic is 90s with legendary double act of Happy Mondays and The Charlatans

Feile Marquee, Flls Park, Belfast

happy mondays
Happy mondays

THE 24-hour party people of west Belfast were in no mood to let their weekends fizzle out.

While babysitters made a killing, several hundred 40-somethings grabbed pitchers of beer and fishing hats and prepared to party like it was 1990.

The Charlatans are big enough and good enough to headline a gig of this size on their own, and they proved just why with a setlist chock-full of material from their 1990s peak, from baggy anthems like The Only One I Know to later hits like One To Another.

As for re-reformed Mondays, things started well when Bez – in eye-watering T-shirt and shorts – MC-ed the band's first Belfast gig in 20 years.

The set started strongly, too, Kinky Afro followed by Loose Fit, Rowetta's soaring vocals a foil to Shaun Ryder's gruff whine, and Bez, well, being Bez.

But these days he can't maintain a full set and sat out almost the whole thing.

The Mondays' grooves haven't aged as well as The Charlatans' songwriting, and when Rowetta and Bez were both offstage it fell a little flat. Still, you suspect that the only complaints were of sore heads and aching limbs.

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