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Stone Roses Announced as 2013 Isle of Wight Festival Headliners

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The Rolling Stones have been rumored to headline next year’s Isle of Wight festival, but as it turns out, a different type of ‘stone’ has been confirmed for the legendary fest’s 2013 lineup.

NME reports that the reunited Stone Roses will serve as the first headliners when the Isle of Wight reconvenes next June 14 — and that it’ll be their only U.K. festival appearance of the summer.

The announcement caps a successful run of tour dates for the famously quarrelsome band, who splintered in 1996 after rocketing to stardom with their critically lauded self-titled debut album in 1989. Years of reunion rumors followed, all of which were dashed and/or denied until October 2011, when the group held a press conference announcing their descriptively titled ‘Reunion Tour.’ Despite early rumors of continued strife, the band stayed on the road for a successful run of dates throughout the summer of 2012, touching down across Europe and the Orient and sparking fresh speculation that 2013 might bring their first new album since 1994’s ‘Second Coming.’

Whether or not we’ll hear any new music from the Stone Roses in 2013 remains a mystery, but they’ll be back on the road in February, when they’re scheduled to play a pair of dates in the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia before heading over to Australia for a string of shows in March.

Next: See Our 2013 Music Festival Guide

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