The band describe the Imola crowd as being a decade behind UK festival goers. Mind you, if they had thrown sherry, singer Kelly Jones would probably have drunk it...

STEREOPHONICS frontman KELLY JONES has spoken about the band being bottled offstage at a festival in ITALY earlier this summer, describing the audience as being a decade behind British festival crowds.

As reported on NME.COM, the band were pelted with bottles, rocks and, bizarrely, tins of tuna fish at the Imola festival as they tried to play their short set in front of 50,000 people.

“They gave us a warning before we went on that there might be hassle,” he told Big Issue Cymru, the Welsh edition of the homeless magazine. “There were a lot of football fans in the crowd because there was a big football tournament on the same weekend.

“We almost got hit so we just said we weren’t going to play through all this, and walked off.

“The audience are about ten years behind everyone else. They think what happens in festivals now is what happened in the UK about 15 years ago, when people used to throw bottles around.”

He also revealed that he has been overindulging in sherry to “warm up” his throat before gigs. “I started drinking sherry years ago, just to warm my throat up. You just have a small glass before you go on. But I think I tried coating my throat a bit much on the acoustic tour and I drank half a bottle of sherry on stage one night.”

Stereophonics are due to play Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday (July 21). The show has still not sold out, and a TV advertising campaign has been launched on Welsh regional stations. Local newspapers have also been given handfuls of tickets to give away in competitions.