Stone Roses announce Finsbury Park dates

Legendary band The Stone Roses have announced two Finsbury Park shows next summer.

The Manchester outfit will play gigs, two of only three UK shows announced so far for 2013, on June 7 and 8.

Since reforming last year, the seminal four piece have entered the Guinness book of records for the fastest selling UK dates in history – the 220,000 tickets for their Manchester shows this summer sold out in 68 minutes.

Tickets will cost �55 when they go on sale at tomorrow (Friday). Support acts have yet to be announced.

This will be their first major London show since getting back together in 2011 – their only other appearance was a secret gig in east London this year.


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Nicky North, 30, who lives near the park in Digby Crescent, said: “I’m so excited to hear The Stone Roses are coming to play in my back garden next summer. It is going to be immense if the Manchester show was anything to go by.“

Christian Nockall, 32, who lives nearby Tollington Park, said: “This is phenomenal - I have always wanted to see them live. I can’t wait to see a marauding Ian Brown in my local park.”

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But some people say the concert is not good news.

Madeline Palm, vice-chair of the Woodstock Road Residents Association, said: “It’s the noise and the mess. You can her everything so leisurely here and you wouldn’t go to a concert if you didn’t like the music, would you?

“If it’s a hot day you can’t use open the windows and the park is a no go area – you can’t even use it for what it was meant for.

“People think it’s just a weekend but they have to set up before and no matter how much clearing up they do after they can’t fix the broken branches or the ruined grass.”

The Stone Roses achieved worldwide success with their eponymous debut album in 1989 and were poster children of the baggy scene.

Legal wrangles with their record label delayed the release of their second album until 1994 and the band split up soon after.

Tickets go on sale at 9.30am Friday morning. For more information call 0844 811 0051.

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