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Stone Roses confirm more festival dates

Fresh from their remarkable reformation, The Stone Roses are already lined up as headline act at two of Europe’s major festivals next summer. Festival organisers are counting on a huge nostalgic demand to see the 1980s Manchester band back in action.

Offers have flooded in since Ian Brown and John Squire realised that no grudge is so deep that it can’t be eased by substantial amounts of cash. Or, for the less cynical, by the realisation that there are loads of fans eager to see them perform together again.

The Stone Roses will play at Benicassim, the cream of Europe’s summer festivals, on the sun-dappled shores of the Mediterranean. Benicassim will take place from July 12-15, with weekend tickets available at 165 euros.

The previous weekend The Roses will play T In The Park, in the less salubrious surroundings of Balado Airfield near Kinross. Tickets go on sale on December 2 at £175 for the whole weekend.

Further festival dates are likely, as The Stone Roses look to make the most of their career Indian summer. Rumours suggest that the band may be added to the V Festival bill. They have already confirmed three reunion gigs at Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1.

Those shows sold out almost immediately. Speculation in The Sun suggested that the group members would earn over £10 million from the gigs. They are likely to make a further £1 million from each festival appearance. Given the sums on offer, the only question is: why did it take them so long to reform?

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