Tuesday 20 February 2018

V Festival hosts Madchester bands

The Stone Roses will headline this summer's V Festival
The Stone Roses will headline this summer's V Festival

The heady days of "Madchester" are set to be revisited at this summer's V Festival with performances from The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Ian Brown's seminal rock act - who fell apart in 1996 and announced their hotly anticipated reunion last October - will join US stars The Killers to headline the event, which runs across two days on two sites in Essex and Staffordshire.

Salford act Happy Mondays, fronted by Shaun Ryder, are also on the bill on August 18 and 19, along with Noel Gallagher - a fellow Mancunian who was inspired by the Roses - and his High Flying Birds.

Sir Tom Jones, Snow Patrol, and recent double Brit winner Ed Sheeran will perform, as will US singer Nicki Minaj and homegrown stars Tinie Tempah, Example and Olly Murs. Veteran acts The Human League, Madness, The Proclaimers and The Stranglers will also play the twin-site event.

The festival, now in its 17th year, is run across Hylands Park, Chelmsford, and Weston Park in Staffordshire.

Essex lad Murs, who performed last year, said: "Coming back to play at V Festival for a second year is fantastic. I've been going to the festival as a punter for years, so performing there is always going to be special - especially on that main stage."

Festival director Simon Moran said: "We're really delighted with the line-up this year. We have a great mix of artists topping a bill that will see the welcome return to live performance of Manchester's finest export, along with some of the biggest acts in the music industry today."

Tickets for the Virgin Media-sponsored event go on sale from Friday March 2.

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