MERSEY PARADISE!

The northern hero plays his only festival date this year at the Merseyside bash...

Ian Brown has been confirmed as the main stage headline act for the EDEN FESTIVAL 2003 on August 9, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

The two day event (August 9-10), being held at Arrowe Country Park, Wirral, Merseyside, is a one-off appearance for Ian Brown, who is currently working on his fourth solo album due for release in October 2003.

Steve Lowes, Ian Brown‘s manager said: “He hadn’t planned to make any UK festival appearances this year. But the opportunity to play a one-off in his back yard for his loyal fans in the North West was too good an opportunity to pass by.”

Lowes also hinted that fans may be able to catch new songs during the performance, saying, “If it’s rehearsed in time between recording studios… but no promises.”

Eden stands for Environmental Development $ Education Network and the festival will raise money for several charities including Christian Aid, Friends Of The Earth, Vegetarian Society, and Wirral Green Alliance.

Ian Brown will also be appearing with UNKLE at London’s Fabric on July 4 and is currently planning another show with the band in Tokyo. The ex-Stone Roses singer will also feature on the new UNKLE album.