HAPPY Mondays stars Shaun Ryder and Bez ensured an Inverclyde band enjoyed a memorable comeback.

Local indie rockers The Beat Movement rubbed shoulders with a host of famous musicians at the Electric Wave Festival in North Wales.

The band - frontman Mark Maclean, lead guitarist Lyall Mooney, bass player Chris McEwan and drummer Marc Heron - bumped into Black Grape pair Ryder and Bez as well as Cast frontman John Power at the event in one of their first gigs in over a year.

The guys recently got back together after a spell away from the music scene and were invited to play the festival having impressed at an international event at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Band manager Barry McIlvogue, who is from Greenock, said: "Having found their groove again as a band, they accepted a kind offer to play Electric Wave in Conwy, Wales - one of the best new festivals in the UK.

"They joined a great bill which included John Power, Black Grape, Bez, Danny Rampling, Steve Cradock and 'From The Jam'.

"Festival organiser, Gary Hughes, had saw the band play on a few occasions previously and loves them.

"As soon as he found out they were playing in Liverpool he called me to get them onboard at Electric Wave, an offer we kindly accepted.

"He described their performance as 'absolute class and a great band to work with'.

"The boys are buzzing and were complimented by the other artists and the crowd, which is always great as musicians."