Stone Roses to headline Isle of Wight festival

Band had been in Glastonbury's sights but will now play only UK festival date next year on the Isle of Wight

The Stone Roses have announced that they will play one UK festival next year – not Glastonbury, but Friday night at the Isle of Wight.

The band had been in the sights of Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis, but earlier this year his daughter Emily ruled them out of the running.

Instead the Stone Roses will pack their bags for the Isle of Wight in mid-June. Festival promoter John Giddings said: "When you talk about the soundtrack of our lives, the Stone Roses are embedded in it. I am so proud to get them to our island – they will kick the weekend off with a bang."

The band are already playing three shows in the UK next summer, in London and Glasgow, before which they visit Indonesia and tour Australia. In June this year, they made their comeback after a 16-year absence with a pair of emotional shows in Manchester.

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Last week it was announced that the Isle of Wight festival will keep its licence after calls for a review were rejected. Heavy rain at the 2012 event left the main car park waterlogged and hundreds of vehicles were unable to enter the site.

The Isle of Wight council decided neither the festival's capacity nor the length of its licence should be changed.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Jessie J and more played the festival this year.

The Isle of Wight festival takes place from 13–16 June 2013. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 28 November.


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