Baggy Icons Black Grape have unveiled plans to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the release of their debut album 'It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah'. Led by the inimitable Shaun Rider, the Manchester band will play twelve dates across the U.K. and Ireland in November to mark the two decade plus milestone.
Kicking off on Norwich at The Waterfront on 11th November, the jaunt takes in dates in Liverpool, Glasgow and London, before arriving at Galway's Roisin Dubh on 22nd December, and Dublin’s Vicar Street for a pre-Christmas bash on 23rd December. The full list of dates can be viewed below.
Following the success of last year’s reunion tour, lead singer and band leader Ryder says, “I am loving Black Grape and really enjoying it this time round, more than ever. I'm looking forward to doing 'It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah' on tour and can't wait to get stuck into recording a new album.”
Rapper Paul 'Kermit' Leveridge meanwhile, comments, “'It's been an absolute pleasure doing the Black Grape gigs and I'm really looking forward to jousting with Shaun again and generally having a blast, man.”
'It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah' entered the charts at #1 on its release in October 1995, yielding the Top 10 hit singles ‘Reverend Black Grape’ and ‘In The Name of the Father’, and a third Top 20 hit ‘Kelly's Heroes’. The album will be re-issued later this this year, with further details to be announced shortly.
Black Grape was formed in 1993 by Shaun and Kermit while they were putting the finishing touches to the Happy Mondays’ album ‘Yes Please’, which the Ruthless Rap Assassins’ Kermit appeared on. It was Ryder's first musical project after Happy Mondays had imploded.
Tickets for all dates for go on sale Friday 20th May at 10am through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets.
Black Grape 'It's Great When You're Straight Yeah' 21st Anniversary U.K and Ireland Dates:
11 Nov - Norwich, Waterfront
12 Nov - Cambridge, The Junction
17 Nov - Liverpool, 2 Academy
18 Nov - Hull, The Welly
23 Nov - Glasgow, O2 ABC
24 Nov - Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
25 Nov - Aberdeen - Beach
7 Dec - London, Electric Ballroom
8 Dec - Nottingham, Rock City
9 Dec - Wakefield, Warehouse
22 Dec - Galway, Roisin Dubh
23 Dec - Dublin, Vicar Street