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Happy Mondays’ Bez shares story of losing his teeth at Glastonbury Festival

Happy Mondays’ Bez shares story of losing his teeth at Glastonbury Festival

Happy Mondays dancer and percussionist Bez has revealed that he lost his teeth during a rave at Glastonbury Festival.

Bez, born Mark Berry, shared the story while appearing on BBC One gameshow ‘Would I Lie To You?’ on Friday night (6th January), as other contestants tried to guess whether he was telling the truth or lying.

The Happy Mondays legend described how while partying at the Worth Farm festival in either 1989 or 1990 he realised his false teeth had fallen out.

Having bitten down on a doughnut, Bez said something didn’t feel right, leading to an 8-hour-long search to locate the dentures.

“I once spent eight hours at Glastonbury searching for my teeth,” Bez told fellow contestants. “I’d say it was ’89 or ’90 or something. I have dentures, I lost my teeth at a very young age, about 16.”

When asked by comedian Lee Mack at what stage did he realise his teeth were missing, Bez replied: “Well, I went to take a bite of a doughnut and thought something’s going on here, you know what I mean?”

“It was the top set, I still had the bottom set in,” he added.

Questioned further about the peculiar incident, Bez went on to reveal an even more bizarre twist to tale, saying: “At the time my friend was searching for his sunglasses. I found his sunglasses and he actually found my teeth.

“He had them on a necklace round his neck. He had found them and made a necklace out of them – he had absolutely no idea they were mine.

“He just thought it was a great decorative piece. As soon as I saw them I knew they were mine, I recognised the smile.”

The contestants (made up of stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza and Inside No 9’s Steve Pemberton, along with regular panellist Lee Mack) were split on whether Bez was telling the truth or not, while eventually settling on it being a lie – only for Bez to finally reveal that the extraordinary story did actually happen (as seen in the video below).


Happy Mondays are an English rock band formed in Salford in 1980. The original line-up included Shaun Ryder (vocals), his brother Paul Ryder (bass), Gary Whelan (drums), Paul Davis (keyboard), and Mark Day (guitar). Mark “Bez” Berry later joined the band onstage as a dancer/percussionist. Rowetta joined as a second vocalist in 1990.

The band headlined Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in 1990 and last played the Festival in 2000, ahead of Embrace and David Bowie – who was that year’s headliner.

Watch Happy Mondays perform ‘Hallelujah’ live at Glastonbury 2000 in the video below.

As of the time of writing, the Salford-formed band appear to be free over the Glastonbury 2023 weekend – set to run from 21st to 25th of June, and are scheduled to play in New York on the 25th of March, before Brighton on the 14th-16th of July, with no dates in between.

In other Glastonbury news, Arctic Monkeys and Guns N’ Roses are now looking highly likely to join already confirmed Elton John at Worthy Farm this summer as the Friday and Saturday night Glastonbury 2023 headliners (respectively), after even more fuel has been added to the fire of already very strong rumours circling the web.

As of this moment in time, Elton John is the first and only act to be officially announced for playing Glastonbury 2023 and will be taking to the Pyramid Stage on the Sunday of the Festival – 25th of June.

Although the first line-up poster doesn’t usually get revealed until the beginning of March, followed by the full line-up announcement sometime at the end of May – there are many artists who ‘self-confirm’ prior to the official announcements by divulging the news via interviews, social media or website listings to accompany the ever-growing rumours.

Along with Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson, some other acts who are rumoured for this year’s event, include The 1975 – who are once again mentioned in the Glastonbury context after speculation started gaining traction throughout the web when the Cheshire band confirmed new tour dates – leaving them wide open over the 2023 Glastonbury weekend. 

Another name that has been thrown about as a possible contender for playing at the Festival this summer includes Bon Jovi, whose guitarist Richie Sambora recently teased the “possibility” of the band playing Glastonbury 2023.

Elsewhere, Pulp revealed dates of their upcoming reunion tour scheduled for this summer – while leaving plenty of room for a Glastonbury performance.

Eminem – which has yet to step foot at Worthy Farm – was said to be in “advanced talks” to headline the Pyramid Stage at the Festival this year, but now looks highly unlikely.

Rihanna‘s name had also been mentioned as a possible headliner for 2023, while Taylor Swift, however, has effectively ruled herself out of the run for 2023 – after announcing her long-rumoured return to the road, scheduled to hit U.S. stadiums beginning in March 2023 and running into August.

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Other acts who are unlikely to make an appearance at this year’s event include Robbie Williams, who has recently been said to have “only two UK shows this summer”, and the Spice Girls (who have been mentioned countless times over the past years in the Legends Slot context), after Victoria Beckham ruled out a Glastonbury appearance as part of a Spice Girls reunion – following long-time speculation fuelled by her former band mates.

It is worth noting though that Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis did however say earlier last year that all three headliners for the 2023 Festival have already been booked.

Therefore, some of these rumours are obviously to be taken for what they are, rumours – as any insider claiming to know anything about anything, either have access to unreleased information or is outright mistaken.

You can now follow and stay up to date with all the latest artists that have been officially confirmed, self-confirmed or rumoured for Glastonbury 2023 via our constantly updated line-up & rumours list.

Pyramid Stage confetti • Glastonbury 2019 • Credit: Steve Apfelstedt

With both the main ticket sales, as well as the local & Sunday ticket sale now out of the way, the next option to bag tickets to Glastonbury 2023 will be when the resale of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets takes place in the Spring of 2023 (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend this year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.

As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at

Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working at the Festival, volunteering and entering competitions – once these options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.

Don’t be fooled

Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is:

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