Music legend Bez says he can’t wait to be ‘twisting the melons’ of Norwich revellers during his guest appearance at the Common People 90s night at OPEN Norwich on Saturday, 11th May.

The Happy Mondays dancer, known for his unique moves and hedonistic lifestyle, will put on a 90-minute Madchester-themed DJ set during the event, which returns for a 5th time to deliver a fantastic night of 90s Britpop, indie and dance tunes across two rooms.

Prior to the event Bez took some time out to speak to the organisers of Common People about what music lovers can expect.

He said: “I’ll play a lot of the classic indie tunes and a lot of Manchester-based indie tunes. But it all depends on the audience. Sometimes if the acid house is going down alright I’ll play a bit of that, if not I’ll stick to the indie. “We really will play all sorts. It will just be a classic indie set from that time.”

Bez shot to fame in the 1990s after being invited by Happy Mondays lead singer Shaun Ryder to join the band. He is famed for his trademark dance style and love for the maracas, as well as a life full of adventure.

When asked if he still got a buzz from doing events like Common People, he said: “Absolutely. I really enjoy it. For me there’s no greater way to earn a living, it suits me down to the ground because I’m not exactly known for me hard work ethic! I’m really happy that I’m still able to earn my living like I do and I still love to dance. I’m still fit and healthy so I’ll keep going for as long as I can.

I’ve always enjoyed my visits to Norwich and that neck of the woods. I always get a friendly welcome, so I hope that will be the case next week.”  On the highlight of his career so far, Bez added: “Getting our first Top of the Pops appearance and I’ll never forget me first gig with the Mondays and New Order, who I was massive fan of and Joy Division. That was such a thrill for me, I laughed myself to sleep that night I enjoyed it so much.  

“There’s been a lot of highlights really. I remember doing Rock In Rio, that was a great gig and they put us in an off site hotel with Guns and Roses because they didn’t trust us with the rest of the bands due to our reputations. I think we behaved accordingly!”

Bez, full name Mark Berry, says that while the rest of the Happy Mondays may have calmed down over the years, he ‘never let’s age get in the way’ and when asked to sum up why he would encourage people to attend the Norwich event, he replied: “Because I’ll be twisting your melons man!”

Bez follows in the footsteps of Rick Witter (Shed Seven), Dave Rowntree (Blur), Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) and Steve Lamacq to DJ at the popular nostalgia night.

* Common People runs from 9pm to 2am at OPEN Norwich, on Bank Plain. It’s over 18s only and tickets are £12 in advance or £15 on the door. A share of the proceeds goes to the charity. 

Photo credits:  Steve Hunt Photography