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Seminal Manchester band the Stone Roses will be performing live in Manchester this year for four dates. Wednesday June 15th Friday June 17th Saturday June 18th June , Sunday June 19th. Announced in November last year after months of speculation on social media. The official announcement came after posters featuring the bands iconic lemon logo sprang up around the Northern Quarter. Originally scheduled for two dates, the event sold out in so quickly ( fourteen minutes to be exact) and additional two dates were added. Currently only tickets for the Wednesday June 15th are still on sale.
The band formed in Manchester in 1983. Kings of the Madchester movement they are credited with revolutionizing British music. The Stone Roses paved the way for The Charalatans, Oasis and Blur, even U2’s Bono is a Stone Roses fan. Their debut album The Stone Roses was released in 1989 and is still referred to as one of the best and most inspirational British albums of all time by critics. They all but disappeared from the scene in 1994, after disappointing second album and years of legal wranglings with their then record label.
The legendary four piece lead by charismatic front man Ian Brown announced they were reforming in 2011, despite Brown saying earlier that year that he would “need to be down to my last chicken dinner” to even consider getting the Stone Roses back together. They went on to perform to sell out crowds at Heaton Park in Manchester in 2012 as part of their reunion tour. With over 225,000 fans flocking to see them. In February this year Stone Roses announced a single date to perform in Madison Square Gardens this year, this will be in addition to their Dublin concert in Marlay Park on Saturday July 9th and headlining at T in the Park. The single US gig is scheduled for June 30th with tickets antipated to be snapped up almost instantly. It was also announced that they will be supported by special guest Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Famously a Manchester United fan we wonder how Ian Brown will enjoy playing at the home of the blues.
Built for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games as the City of Manchester Stadium, the ground has been home to Manchester City Football Club since the 2003/2004 season, The 60,000 capacity Etihad stadium has hosted an array of high profile concerts from Bon Jovi, to Oasis, to Take That.
The Stadium is easily accessible from Clayton hotel Manchester Airport. If the weather if fine, we recommend hoping on one of the frequent express train from Manchester Airport Train station. The station is a few minutes walk from the hotel although the Clayton Hotel Transport team will happily take you to the station. Trains into Manchester Piccadilly take approximately 25 minutes, from there the Etihad stadium is either 28 minutes by foot or 9 minutes by Metrolink tram. Alternatively, a taxi from the hotel to the stadium would be approximately 25-minutes.