Spike Island Festival organisers confirm July date will go ahead!


“This Is The One”. Surely?

With all government coronavirus restrictions due to the lift on the 19th July, the organisers of SPIKE ISLAND – THE RESURRECTION have confirmed the festival will go ahead as-planned the following weekend. Scheduled to take place on Saturday 24th July, the one-day outdoor festival is anticipated to be one of the first major music events to take place in post-lockdown Britain.

Will you be part of history as music fans return to Spike Island?

In a statement, the Spike Island – The Resurrection Team and organisers Lightbulb Festivals say:  “In light of the recent government announcement and their promise that 19th July will be the “terminus” date, we are delighted to confirm that we are proceeding with plans to hold the gig on Saturday 24th July 2021. This has been an incredibly difficult decision given the recent uncertainty, and the team have been doing a lot of hard work behind the scenes to try and make the event go ahead as planned. We are now very confident that our festival will be one of the first to take place in the UK after the re-opening… We are incredibly grateful for all the support we have had for the event, with a staggering number of people keeping hold of their tickets.” 

SPIKE ISLAND – THE RESURRECTION is a day of celebrations planned to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Stone Roses’ era-defining gig at Spike Island, Widnes.

Making history in its own right, ‘Spike Island – The Resurrection’ will be the only live performance to have been held at the Widnes site since the Stone Roses headlined in 1990. The event is also on course to break records as the biggest tribute-themed festival the world has ever seen!

With 85% sold already and over 5000 tickets snapped-up on its first day alone, the public reception to the festival has been nothing short of phenomenal and organisers would like to thank those who have shown their support for the event throughout these turbulent months for the live industry.

Line Up: The Clone Roses, Oas-is, The Smiths Ltd, Happy Mondaze, The James Experience, True Order

DJ’s: Clint Boon, Andy (808 State) **, Bez, MC Tunes **, Dave Sweetmore
** Played The Original Show

With its full and original line-up still intact, attendees can expect a number of further exciting surprises to be unveiled in the final weeks counting down to the festival. Stay tuned. 

Final remaining tickets are on sale now from: www.spikeisland2021.com

On 24th July, SPIKE ISLAND: THE RESURRECTION invites music fans everywhere to come together at Spike Island, Widnes to rejoice in Roses and resurrections, as live music returns in emphatic style.

“One Love”

Held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1990 on a largely unused, man-made island in the Mersey estuary of Widnes, Cheshire, The Stone Roses at Spike Island is regarded as one of the most famous gigs the UK has ever seen.

Taking place at the height of Madchester and located slap bang between the thriving music scenes of Manchester and Liverpool at that time, the event  signified a coming together of tribes, the peak of Roses-mania and the moment that would define a generation. Headlined by The Stone Roses shortly after the release of their seminal s/t debut album and at the pinnacle of their powers, the band performed to some 27,000 fans who had descended on the Island from all corners of the country and beyond. Support on the day included sets from a Zimbabwean drum orchestra and reggae artist Gary Clail, plus slots from legendary DJs of the period including Paul Oakenfold, Dave Haslam, MC Tunes, and Frankie Bones. Often cited as “Woodstock for the Baggy generation”, Spike Island is now written into the very mythology of UK music and a prominent footnote in The Stone Roses’ legacy; a feature-film ‘Spike Island’ was even made about it in 2012. 

Speaking about ‘Spike Island – The Resurrection’, Baggy, bassist for the Clones said:
“The prospect of performing on the exact same site as The Stone Roses played their now legendary show is almost unbelievable. Growing up only a few miles from the original site on the Mersey estuary we were all brought up on the tales of that day. I’ll admit I was just a little too young to attend on the day but if you believe what folk say around here it appears there was closer to 330,000 rather than 30,000. We hope to give the veterans a nostalgic trip down memory lane as well as a chance for younger Roses fans to experience just some of the magic of that day over 30 years ago.”

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