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The Stone Roses at Heaton Park – in photos

  • After yesterday's triumphant show, everyone's getting excited about the second chapter in The Stone Roses' Heaton Park weekender - especially these cheeky chaps.

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  • Squint a bit and you should be able to see The Stone Roses - Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni - owning the Heaton Park stage. Oh yeah, and a couple of thousand blissful fans with arms and plastic pint glasses aloft. Tonight Manchester, they are the resurrection.

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  • Ian Brown brandishes some tambourine bells and surveys the 75,000 capacity Heaton Park crowd. Over this weekend and their three hometown shows, The Stone Roses will be playing to a whopping 225,000 people, which is about 50,000 more than attended last year's Glastonbury Festival.

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  • The fans are, unsurprisingly, rather enjoying themselves. And who wouldn't after a fantastic warm-up bill featuring sets from Primal Scream, The Wailers, The Vaccines and Kid British, leading into a headline outing from one of the greatest bands ever?

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  • The Stone Roses' Mani sports a magnificent paisley shirt whilst serving up his bass lines. Going by Ian Brown's waterproof jacket, it looks like he checked out the weather forecast, which predicted showers. Very practical of you, Ian.

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  • Check out Mani's bizarre - and not to mention impressive - collection of Toby Jugs on his amps. He's been carting these around with him on the band's recent European dates, leading up to these three momentous nights at Heaton Park. We like the policeman one the best.

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  • Guitarist John Squire - who turns 50 this year - walked out of The Stone Roses in 1996. Thankfully, the four members patched it up and last year announced their reformation - though they didn't half take their time about it. The band's current reunion tour marks their first shows since they split 16 years ago.

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  • Reni gets into the groove at Heaton Park. We can't help but wonder what's happened to his infamous bucket hat, however.

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  • NME is coming live from Heaton Park all weekend. The definitive review of the Stone Roses homecoming shows will hit newsstands next Wednesday (July 4) – if you want your photos to be included in the issue, tweet us your Heaton Park pictures or post them to Instagram using the hashtag #heatonparknme

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  • Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie warms up for The Stone Roses at Heaton Park. Saturday's support bill includes Beady Eye, The Wailers, Professor Green and Hollie Cook, who is the daughter of Sex Pistol's drummer Paul Cook and a former member of The Slits.

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  • Of their Stone Roses support slot, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream said: "We're really happy to be doing Heaton Park - I think we were the first band they thought of, which is really nice, and we just wanna help make it a great day."

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  • Primal Scream recently announced My Bloody Valentine's Debbie Googe as their new touring bass player. She replaced Gary 'Mani' Mounfield in the band's line-up when he left to rejoin The Stone Roses. Bobby Gillespie has said that Mani remains "best friends" with the band.

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  • Bobby Gillespie admitted that he is excited about seeing drummer Reni back onstage with the rest of the Roses. "The last time I saw the original band was at Spike Island. I saw them a few times after Reni had left, and they were still great, but you just wanted him to be there. I'm glad he's back, because he's just fucking brilliant."

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  • Freddie Cowan of The Vaccines takes a long look at the 75,000 capacity Heaton Park crowd. There's an awful lot of people out there, eh, Freddie?

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  • Justin Young and Freddie Cowan of The Vaccines do their best Status Quo impression in their matching sleeveless denim jackets and with some synchronised guitar playing.

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  • People have travelled from across the country to attend the Stone Roses' three Heaton Park gigs, which are taking place over this weekend in Manchester.

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  • The Vaccines release their second album, 'The Vaccines Come Of Age', on September 3. Of the album Justin Young told NME: "I don't think there's any danger of us making the same record twice. But I think anything people found attractive about us the first time round has been retained. I'm really confident we've got the balance right."

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  • Keeping it classy down in the front row, one punter seems to have bought along her own plastic wine glass for the show. The chap to her left doesn't look too impressed, however.

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  • Last week The Vaccines offered fans a free live EP, recorded in Brighton, to download. It featured the tracks 'Tiger Blood', live favourite 'Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)' and their cover of R Stevie Moore's 'Why Should I Love You'.

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  • If you missed The Vaccines at Heaton Park, then the lads are also playing at this year's T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross.

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  • A programme seller gets to work in flogging the official guides for the three Stone Roses homecoming shows happening this weekend in Heaton Park, Manchester. One to keep in a safe place and then give to the grandkids in years to come. If they deserve it, that is.

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  • The Wailers were formed in 1963 by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. Marley died in 1981 and Tosh in 1987. Following the Heaton Park shows, the current version of the band will play London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on July 4.

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  • The Stone Roses will also appear at a number of festivals this summer in addition to the Heaton Park shows, including slots at V Festival, T In The Park, Optimus Alive, Benicassim, Fuji Rock, Tennent's Vital, NorthSide and Hultsfred.

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  • The Wailers will be performing the classics of Bob Marley on all three nights. The band were asked to perform at the personal request of super-fan, Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown.

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  • In terms of the weather, prospects for Saturday (June 30) and Sunday (July 1) are still pretty bleak, with heavy rain forecast for throughout Saturday and for early morning on Sunday, although the sun is expected to come out for The Stone Roses closing performance on Sunday night.

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  • Bob Marley's backing group The Wailers will play third on the bill on each of the three days at Heaton Park, as part of a bill The Stone Roses have described as a "mix of the legendary and the new".

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  • The hoards start flocking through Heaton Park, ready for the comeback of the century. A film is currently being made which is set at The Stone Roses' legendary 1990 Spike Island show, starring Shameless actor Elliott Tittensor and Games Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke.

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  • We're just as excited as you are, mate.

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  • The stage is set on the first of three days worth of live music in Manchester's Heaton Park. As well as The Stone Roses, Beady Eye, Plan B and Professor Green will also be performing up on this here stage over this weekend.

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  • Nice shirt. 'I Wanna Be Adored' was the third single to be taken from The Stone Roses self-titled debut. In 2010 it was covered by The Raveonettes.

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  • This weekend marks The Stone Roses first outdoor shows in the UK in an utter age - but they're not the band's first UK shows this year. They made a surprise live comeback at Warrington's Parr Hall last month.

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  • Willy Wonka can keep his golden ticket. This here is the only piece of paper that matters this weekend. It's lucky that there are around 225,000 of them to go around.

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  • Kid British's track 'Our House Is Dadless', samples Madness' single 'Our House'. The band will embark on a headline tour of the UK later this year.

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  • The early bird catches the prime position by the barriers at the front of the stage. Peace to you, sir, for such dedication to the cause.

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  • Kid British opened for The Stone Roses on Friday. On Sunday the same honour will be bestowed upon Dirty North, a dub-influenced band from Manchester district Wythenshawe, who were namechecked as a name to watch by Stone Roses drummer Reni during the band's reunion press conference in October last year.

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  • The Stone Roses released their second album 'Second Coming' in 1994, and they eventually dissolved in 1996. After years of insisting they never would, they finally announced their reunion in October last year.

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  • Opening act Kid British released the EP 'You Can't Please Them All' earlier this week. They've supported the likes of The Specials, The Enemy and UB40 over the past few years.

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  • Tote bags, t-shirts, vest tops, and hats - everything that the sharp looking Stone Roses fan about town could possibly want. Probably best not to wear them all at once, though.

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  • Cold beer, waterproof outerwear and excellent live music - it's the British Summertime!

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  • Local ska boys Kid British kicked off the three days of music at Manchester's Heaton Park, opening for The Stone Roses who made history with their 1989 debut, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest of all time.

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  • This superfan's already proudly made it to the merch stall. There's a decent showing of bucket hats on site too, or, to give them their 1990s name 'Reni hats' - named in honour of The Stone Roses' drummer and his headgear favourite.

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  • Take two pints into the most eagerly anticipated outdoor show of the year? If you're the fellow on the left, then the answer to that would be 'hell yes'.

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  • The official programme from the Heaton Park shows. They'll cost you £10 on site, but we can't help but wonder how much will these beauties be going for on eBay over the coming weeks...

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  • So, the day's finally arrived: today (Friday, June 29), The Stone Roses will kick off the first of their mega reunion shows at Manchester's Heaton Park. Heavy rain was predicted to hit the shows, but that hasn't put this bunch of fans off...

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  • Look at the excitement in those (scary, unblinking) eyes! We've been waiting a long time for this, of course - it's the reunion nobody thought would ever happen until that press conference last October in which Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni confirmed they'd be sharing a stage together once more.

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  • It's no great shock to see those mammoth, snaking queues: the Roses sold more tickets than the whole of Glastonbury in 14 minutes, and shifted another 70,000 in 44 minutes. They're the fastest-selling shows in British history...

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  • So, what do we reckon Ian Brown and the boys will be playing tonight? The smart-money is on a similar setlist to the one they rattled through at their comeback show in Warrington last month (May 23) - but is there the slimmest of chances they might dust off a new track or two? We'll find out soon enough...

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  • Were any of this lot even born when The Roses' debut LP was released? And why is the chap on the far right so much more morose than the rest of his cohorts? Either way, if you want your photos to be included in our definitive review of the shows in next week's issue of NME, tweet us your Heaton Park pictures or post them to Instagram using the hashtag #heatonparkNME.

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  • Just how big do we think these shows are going to be, then? Earlier this week, controversial arty type Damien Hirst declared that the Roses 'are more important than Picasso'. Other people to hail the band's return this week included Noel Gallagher and footballers David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

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  • Never has a man been more ready to party than the fellow with his tongue out on the far right. This is the one, folks - keep checking NME.COM throughout the day for all the latest updates from the first of The Stone Roses' Heaton Park shows, and if you happen to be there, try and find the time to let us know how it's all going...

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