THE Clone Roses will follow in the footsteps of their heroes as they look to recreate an iconic 1990 gig at Spike Island.

On the 30th anniversary of The Stone Roses’ gig at Spike Island, Widnes The Clone Roses will perform at the same place.

Spike Island - The Resurrection will be held on May 16, 2020 as the Clone Roses take to the stage in what will be the only live performance to have been held at the site since that gig in 1990.

Topping the bill, the Clones will be putting in a headline performance that promises to emulate the Roses’ legendary set to a T, from the classic setlist, to the vintage apparel, and the euphoric atmosphere that made for an unforgettable moment in history.

St Helens band The Clone Roses are the longest serving and best selling Stone Roses tribute act in the UK.

The group, which includes frontman Gav Scott, brother Tony, Mike Bagshaw and Phil Bennett, celebrated 20 years together in 2018 as they held and performed at CloneFest at Sherdley Park.

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Clone Roses, led by frontman Gav Scott

Since their formation in 1998, fans have been adoring the Clones’ 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 a reputation for their attention to detail and were 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 nationwide to huge crowds.

The headliners will also be joined by a stellar bill of acts hand-picked to pay homage to the iconic Madchester years.

There will be supporting sets from fellow top-tier tribute acts including Oasis, The Smiths Ltd, Happy Mondaze, The James Experience and True Order.

Giving their blessings to the occasion, ‘Spike Island - The Resurrection’ will also see a number of original faces from the Madchester scene making an appearance at the 2020 event.

There will be DJ sets from Inspiral Carpets man Clint Boon and Happy Mondays maverick Bez sure to bring back memories for many in the audience.

It will be a case of deja vu for Andy, of 808 STATE, Hacienda DJ legend Dave Booth, and Dust Junkys rapper MC Tunes, all of whom performed at the 1990 Spike Island.

In addition, Manchester DJ and Radio host Dave Sweetmore will host the day’s proceedings.

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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 30 years ago.”

Held on the Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1990, 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 between the thriving music scenes of Manchester and Liverpool.

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 27,000 fans who had descended on the Island from all corners of the country and beyond.

  • Tickets are priced from £27.50 and will go on sale Saturday, December 7 from 10am. See
  • Gates open at 1pm on the day.
  • Line Up:
  • The Clone Roses
  • Oas-is
  • The Smiths Ltd
  • Happy Mondaze
  • The James Experience
  • True Order (NEW ORDER TRIBUTE)
  • DJ’s:
  • Clint Boon
  • Bez (Happy Mondays)
  • Andy (808 State) **
  • Dave Booth **
  • MC Tunes **
  • Dave Sweetmore
  • ** Played The Original Show