Venue visit for Black Grape

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Black Grape are back and they will be taking to the stage at The Venue in Derby for a gig there on Monday, June 8.

The 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 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 that fulfilled some of the promises of the Mondays.

Black Grape’s début album, It’s Great When You’re Straight...Yeah is a surreal, funky, profane, and perversely joyous album, overflowing with and giddy humour.

The new band was looser and grittier than the Mondays. Ryder’s sound was reinvigorated, creating bizarre rhymes that tie together junk culture, drug lingo, literary references, and utter nonsense.

One of Britain’s best wordsmiths Shaun Ryder’s lyrics have always been delightfully free-wheeling, and full of multicoloured imagery.

Teaming up with Kermit (ex-Ruthless Rap Assassins) he now had a rapper on board with equal skills to bounce off. Even better, the music has deep grooves and catchy pop hooks.

2015 sees the 20th anniversary of the release of It’s Great When Your Straight……Yeah. Shaun Ryder is again back in the rehearsal studios with Kermit, about to unleash the mad carnival that disregards boundaries between rap, house, rock, soul, and pop and is Black Grape.

Also on the bill will be Perfect Motion DJs. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at or