25 May 2014
Happy Mondays & Hooky rock the Palace 
The Manchester Evening News reports that Happy Mondays are to headline a special black tie fundraiser at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on 25 July 2004. Peter Hook and Graeme Park are guest DJs.

MEN says "The unique event has been organised to raise funds for Mondays star Paul Ryder's son Chico, who is battling cancer and undergoing treatment in the US. The Chico's Kicking Cancer Fundraising Ball is on July 25 and will include a four-course dinner in the glitzy ballroom before the band take to the stage."

Tickets are priced from £150 to £500 for VIP passes (including champagne reception and exclusive after-party) via the Palace box office (tel: 01706 650515).

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