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Black Grape

Date: Saturday 23rd March

Venue: Main Auditorium - 7.30pm

Black Grape

Black Grape


The Pad Presents:


Please be aware that this show is now at Esquires.


Saturday 23rd March 2019

Doors at 7.30pm

Tickets £25 in advance


Happy Mondays fell apart in 1992, leaving most observers to assume that it was the end for Shaun Ryder, as he struggled to recover from his numerous drug addictions. No one could have ever predicted that three years later, a relatively fit and healthy Shaun would return to the top of the charts, with a new band.


Black Grape’s debut album, It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with casual eclecticism and giddy humor.  The new band was looser and grittier than the Mondays, with Ryder’s sound reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense.  Teaming up with Kermit (ex Ruthless Rap Assassins) he now had a rapper on board with equal skills to bounce off. 


Expect to hear hits such as the triumphant "Reverend Black Grape" and the trippy sitars of "In the Name of the Father" to the seedy, rolling "Shake Your Money" and the stinging guitars of "Tramazi Parti” as well as acclaimed new album Pop Voodoo released in 2017 - Shaun’s word play has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones… well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now, and we need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. 

This new Pop Voodoo album has that in spades.


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