We’re not twisting your lemons.
Yes, The Clone Roses will be headlining Manchester’s Heaton Park in 2023.
As the most successful, ambitious, and best-loved tribute to The Stone Roses, The Clone Roses will be marking their own 25th Anniversary in style.
After the runaway success of ‘Spike Island – The Resurrection’ last year – an event that broke records as “the biggest tribute-themed festival the world has ever seen” – The Clone Roses will be taking things to the logical next step as they size-up a huge celebration at Manchester’s stately Heaton Park.
Following in the footsteps of other legendary Manchester acts to have headlined the vast outdoor space including New Order, The Courteeners, Oasis, and of course The Stone Roses; at ‘Heaton Park – The Resurrection’ The Clone Roses will be returning to the scene of their idol’s emphatic 2012 reunion gigs and having a pop themselves.
Taking place on Saturday 13th May 2023, over a decade after the sun set on those incredible comeback shows, the band will be looking to recapture a little of that magic in a special set that will commemorate a huge anniversary milestone of their own.
Speaking about ‘Heaton Park – The Resurrection’ and the 25th Anniversary of The Clone Roses, Gav Scott (AKA “Ian”) says:
“We’ve been wanting to do Heaton Park for ages but it’s such a popular and busy park. When the opportunity finally came, we couldn’t say no! Over the years, we’ve played the Blackpool Empress Ballroom, Spike Island, and now this… it feels like we’ve completed The Stone Roses cycle to a certain degree!”
With all members of The Clones having attended the original Heaton Park event in 2012, fans attending ‘Heaton Park – The Resurrection’ in 2023 can expect a studied duplication of the sights, sounds, threads and tunes that made the original shows so euphoric. As Gav adds:
“We went on the Saturday and it was strange for us as we weren’t really getting into it like everyone else… we were thinking things like “what’s Mani wearing,” “what’s the guitar John is playing,” making notes on setlist! Still loved it mind, and we never got to see them first time round so it was an incredible moment for us… That Roses Heaton Park setlist was all the classic songs you’d hope them to play so I’ve no doubt our show will be very similar to their set in 2012”.
Taking place across three days in 2012, Heaton Park was the destination of The Stone Roses’ official Second Coming (after the fall-out making ‘Second Coming’ in ‘90s). Featuring the classic line up of Ian Brown, John Squire, Reni and Mani, it was the first time its members had performed all together since 1995. With phenomenally high demand for the shows, the Roses sold-out 220,000 tickets in a record breaking 68 minutes, making it the fastest selling rock gig in UK history. Praised by The Guardian as “a storming triumph” and NME as “spectacular”; the shows went down as a momentous moment in The Stone Roses history.
And one in which The Clone Roses will be seeking to replicate in 2023… Speaking about just why people need to come and see The Clone Roses at Heaton Park next year, Gav Scott states:
“We’d love to celebrate our 25th Anniversary in the City that have been so loyal to us from day one. I think people have accepted that we really put the effort into recreating a Roses show and they are really supportive of what we do. In terms of the day itself, there’s going to be an absolute feast of Manchester music!”
Promising a day of wall-to-wall music from Manchester with love, expect a fitting warm-up for the Clones with appearances from a roster of original scene faces and doppelgangers alike. With DJ sets from the likes of BEZ (Happy Mondays), CLINT BOON (Inspiral Carpets), MC TUNES, MR WILSON’S SECOND LINERS, DJ PETE WALSHE (ex-Pacha) and longstanding friend DJ DAVE SWEETMORE; there will also be live sets from fellow cloners including OAS-IS, THE SMITHS LTD, THE COURTBETWEENERS, HAPPY MONDAZE, and THE JAMES EXPERIENCE.
On Saturday 13th May 2023, HEATON PARK: THE RESURRECTION’ invites fans of The Roses and resurrections to come together in warm celebration of The Clone Roses 25th Anniversary.
Tickets for the event go on sale on Saturday 5th November 2022 @ 10AM.
Tickets are priced from £22.50. VIP Packages are available.
Get yours at: www.the-resurrection.co.uk.
THE CLONE ROSES – ‘HEATON PARK – THE RESURRECTION’
25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION @ HEATON PARK, MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY 13TH MAY 2023
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THE CLONE ROSES
“Fools Gold” perhaps, but golden nonetheless; The Clone Roses are the longest serving and best selling Stone Roses tribute act in the UK. Since their formation, Roses fans have been adoring the Clones’ expertly executed renditions of classics including “Waterfall”, “She Bangs the Drums”, “Made of Stone”, “I am the Resurrection” and many more. Hailed by Stone Roses bassist Mani as “the second best Stone Roses in the world”, the Clones have earned an outstanding reputation for their attention to detail, from the amps and setlists, to the clothing to swagger; they were even selected as the official Roses tribute choice for Isle of Wight Festival and Kendal Calling festivals. Regularly performing at some of the UK’s best and biggest venues, The Clones have conquered the stages of Manchester Academy, Nottingham Rock City, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and O2 Academy venues, plus the Blackpool Empress Ballroom (scene of an infamous Stone Roses show), always performing to huge crowds nationwide.
Paying the ultimate tribute to their idols, in July 2021 The Clone Roses reenacted the band’s towering live triumph by headlining to a sold-out crowd at the infamous Spike Island site. Marking the 30th Anniversary of The Stone Roses’ era-defining gig at the original Widnes site, ‘Spike Island – The Resurrection’ was one of the first major music events to take place in post-lockdown Britain and also broke records as the “biggest tribute-themed festival” the world had ever seen.
While The Stone Roses’ “Second Comings” and “resurrections” have become so definitive of their history, so too has the impressive continuity and longevity of their Clone counterparts. So what’s their secret?
“Staying grounded and humble. Let’s have it right, we are just a tribute band, people who come to our shows are Stone Roses fans, not Clone Roses fans. We are back down to earth with a bang on Monday mornings like everyone else so it’s important to remember that we are in a fortunate position to be able to tour great venues performing those songs to so many people. In terms of the show itself, I think the key to longevity is making sure the show is good, getting the setlist right, being tight as a band, trying to be as authentic as we can with things like outfits and instruments etc, I think we’ve been good at that side of things over the years.”
25 Years in the game and never better, hardcore fans of The Stones Roses know that when it comes to tributes, “This Is The One” you need to know about. Planning two very special shows to celebrate their anniversary, don’t miss The Clone Roses deservedly bang their drum with two huge shows of significant Roses heritage: the Glasgow Barrowlands and Manchester’s Heaton Park in 2023.