THEY’RE renowned for being wild and love to party but Manchester’s Happy Mondays were on their best behaviour when they popped into a Dorset pub for a pint and a spot of lunch.
Band members enjoyed lunch at Blue Vinny Inn at Puddletown before their storming set headlining the Forever Sun Festival near Dorchester on Sunday.
Sophie Taylor, bar staff member at the Blue Vinny, said: “I didn’t serve them, one of the other girls did, but I was here when they came in.
“They came for lunch and we knew they were coming so we gave them a really nice table. They stayed for about an hour or so and then went back to the festival.
“They definitely fitted in. I don’t think they had too many people coming up to them asking for autographs. They were quite lively, really chatty and friendly.”
Their late-night set went down a storm, with Happy Monday’s percussionist and dancer Bez characteristically getting into the festival spirit during the gig with fellow bandmates Shaun Ryder, Paul Ryder, Mark Day and backing singer Rowetta Satchell.
The band, known for their influence on the Manchester dance scene in the 1980s, appeared alongside iconic 1970s punk rock band The Buzzcocks, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, chart-toppers Toploader and the Dub Pistols during the festivalat the weekend.
An estimated 3,000 people visited the site to see big names and local bands across five stages.
In addition to live music, comedians entertained the crowds, food and drink stalls kept revellers going and chill out areas gave fans some time out in between the acts.
The Forever Sun is affiliated to the Steve Charles Help a Friend Fund and also gave festival-goers the chance to donate to the Big Issue Foundation during the event.