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Stone Roses to return to Dublin for first time in three years

By Brian Hutton

Published 14/11/2015

Ireland gig: Ian Brown
Ireland gig: Ian Brown

The Stone Roses have announced a major gig in Ireland next summer after selling out shows in the UK.

The hugely-influential Manchester quartet will play Marlay Park at the foot of the Dublin mountains on Saturday, July 9.

Tickets for the concert, which is subject to the usual licence application process, go on sale next Friday at 9am priced from €74.50 (£52.74).

"Special guests" have also been promised to play on the day in an announcement on the band's official website.

It is their first gig in the Republic since their triumphant and feverishly-awaited return in the capital city's Phoenix Park three years ago.

They have already sold out three nights at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester next June and have also announced plans to headline the T in the Park festival at Strathallan Castle, Perth and Kinross, on July 8.

Speculation of a return to touring began after mystery posters showing the band's lemon logo were spotted around Manchester weeks ago.

After 562 days of Twitter silence, the group used the social media site to share a picture of a poster outlining their upcoming performances.

Led by frontman Ian Brown and guitarist John Squire, the Stone Roses are widely regarded as the inspiration for a generation of bands.

They revealed in 2011 that they were reforming after an acrimonious split 15 years earlier, a reunion many fans thought would never happen after a bitter fallout.

They had long met rumours of a revival with often enigmatic assurances that the band would not reform. But they eventually buried the hatchet in 2011, agreeing a series of festival dates and a three-night stint topping the bill at their own mini-festival in Manchester's Heaton Park.

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