From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Homecoming gigs are always extra special. Emotional, triumphant and poignant, bands or artists who've fled the nest returning to where it all began. Kasabian will play Leicester's Victoria Park this summer 10 years after their debut. It’ll be a memorable moment: a band who’ve hit galactic heights to headline Glastonbury head home victorious. Here are 15 more historic homecomings.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Oasis, Heaton Park, 2009

Speaking of Kasabian... they were one of the support acts at Oasis’ massive show at Heaton Park in 2009. The band triumphed against severe technical difficulties to play a notorious 23-song set finishing off with their cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus.’

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Manic Street Preachers, Blackwood, 2010

The Manic Street Preachers performed in their home town Blackwood for the first time in 25 years in 2010. They played the Miners Institute in January for Radio 2. “I don’t think we have done a gig there in the little theatre since 1987, my misspent Jimmy White-esque years!” said Nicky Wire.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Radiohead, Oxford, 2001

The Oxford gig in South Park lives on in Radiohead fan’s memories as a cult show – and for Radioheads who weren’t there, a thorn in their side. It was a triumphant hometown gig that found Radiohead in incandescent, powerhouse form, even encoring with 'Creep'...

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Paul McCartney, Liverpool, 2011

Paul McCartney ended his homecoming show in Liverpool by falling off the stage, according to reports at the time. He played Liverpool Echo Arena in December 2011 and played a whopping 42 songs by The Beatles, Wings and various covers.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Arctic Monkeys, Sheffield, 2013

After becoming the biggest band in the world, Arctic Monkeys returned to their birthplace, Sheffield, the town so inextricably linked with their identity, in 2013. The local heroes played the Motorpoint Arena with ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ the highlight.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Muse, Teignmouth, 2009

Muse formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1994 and 15 years later after achieving phenomenal global success, they return to their home town for a couple of triumphant shows. It was the year the band won NME’s Best British Band and released its ‘The Resistance’ album. They played in The Den.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Blur, Essex, 2012

Blur made their live comeback tonight in June 2009 after 10 years away playing an intimate "friends and family" gig at a Railway Museum near Colchester, near where Damon Albarn grew up. It was the scene of the band's first ever public performance 20 years earlier. They played a huge set that opened with ‘She’s So High’ and closed with ‘The Universal’.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Kaiser Chiefs, Elland Road, 2008

Kaiser Chiefs played a 35,000 capacity homecoming show at Leeds United's Elland Road in May, 2008. Taking the stage to loud football-style chants from the audience, the band ironically kicked off their biggest ever gig with 'Everything Is Average Nowadays'. Guests included The Cribs and Mark Ronson on the tambourine.

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Stone Roses, Heaton Park, 2012

Stone Roses played their first major UK shows in 16 years in 2012. They returned to Heaton Park in Manchester. It was an epic return and the show was followed by a spectacular firework display to the blaring out of 'Redemption Song'.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Elbow, Manchester, 2009

Elbow played the biggest show of their career at the Manchester MEN Arena in 2009 after the release of highlight album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ which won the Mercury Award. It was a massive show that marked the end of a run of festival spots made particularly special by the location.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Beyoncé, Brooklyn, 2013

Having played all over the world during the Mrs Carter Presents… tour, Beyoncé returned to her adopted home, Brooklyn, NY (after moving out of Houston, Texas). Here's a strange fact: Bey and her mother Tina opened the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Brooklyn Phoenix House, offering a seven-month cosmetology training course for men and women in 2010.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Primal Scream, Glasgow, 2013

Bobby and the boys returned to Glasgow at the end of 2013. Gillespie wore a sparkly top and roused the crowd in chants of classic tracks like ‘Loaded’ and ‘Rocks’.

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From Arctic Monkeys To Stone Roses: 15 Historic Homecoming Gigs

Jay Z, New York, 2003

Jay Z returned to his hometown in 2003 for his ‘retirement’ gig. It was an epic event and the rapper was joined on stage by hip-hop’s finest Mary J. Blige, Beanie Sigel, Ghostface Killah, Foxy Brown, Memphis Bleek, Missy Elliott and Jay Z’s wife-to-be, Beyoncé.

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Blondie, Roseland Ballroom, 2013

Blondie wrapped up their ‘No Principals Tour’ in 2013 by playing the iconic Roseland Ballroom. It was a killer show for a group so synonymous with the New York aesthetic.

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The Libertines, London, 2014

So this one's hypothetical but the next notable homecoming gig could well be The Libertines reunion in Hyde Park. Carl’s been working with The Jackals and Pete’s been playing in Europe and Russia for a while but this will be the first time the band’s played in London for years. Exciting stuff.

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