Finsbury Park gears up for Stone Roses gigs

Ian Brown performing with The Stone Roses at V Festival last year. Picture: PA/Ryan Phillips.

Ian Brown performing with The Stone Roses at V Festival last year. Picture: PA/Ryan Phillips. - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

More than 45,000 music fans are expected to descend upon Finsbury Park today as legendary band The Stone Roses take to the stage.

The concerts take place from 4-10.30pm today and tomorrow. It will be only the Manchester band’s second live date in London since they reunited in 2011.

Haringey Council, which manages the park, said they had been working with Transport for London and the organisers SMJ Concerts to make the weekend a success and minimise the impact on residents.

During the performances, the concert arena area will be partitioned off but the rest of the park will be open to the public as usual.

A raft of measures undertaken include extended parking controls, increased security around Finsbury Park, a community information hotline before and during the concerts and temporary parking controls between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

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Between 10pm and 11:30pm on concert days Seven Sisters Road will close to traffic between Hornsey Road and Green Lanes to assist with crowd control as the concerts end. Diversions will be in place. Manor House tube station will have no entry from 10pm on both days and concert goers are urged to use Finsbury Park station.

On show days the concert arena will open at 4pm with sound checks taking place between 11am and 2pm. The first act is due to begin at 5.15pm and music will stop at 10.30pm.

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Support acts for today’s show are Hackney four-piece Rudimental, Courteeners and Dizzie Rascal, while tomorrow’s show will see Miles Kane

Johnny Marr and Public Image Ltd take to the stage before the Stone Roses.

Council officers will be on duty throughout the event on both days to deal with any undue noise, traffic congestion, illegal street trading, food safety and health and safety.

The Community Information Hotline will be staffed before and during the concert and can be contacted on 0208 489 8232.

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