The 'Phonics start to reveal the bills for their Day At The Races gigs...

THE BLACK CROWES and ASH are to support STEREOPHONICS at their two A DAY AT THE RACES gigs in July, NME.COM can announce.

The Stereophonics unveiled the line-up so far for the two massive open-air gigs at a press conference this afternoon (March 19) at Donington Race Track, where the first gig will take place on July 14. The second gig takes place at Chepstow Race Course on July 21.

‘Phonics lead singer Kelly Jones also took the opportunity to blast Muse who he claimed he’d also approached to feature on the bill – but they’d demanded a £25,000 fee.

Kelly continued: “You can get a Radiohead tribute band for less than that.”

Proud Mary, the first signing to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash label, are to open the proceedings on both days.

Kelly laughed: “I got drunk one night and promised them they would be first on the bill.” He also added that the ‘Phonics decided to play a gig at Donington in homage to all the other rock acts that had played there over the years – especially at the Monsters Of Rock festivals. All three went to concerts there in the late ’80s.

The conference was also a chance for the band to talk about their new single ‘Mr Writer’, which was released today through V2.

When asked if the band thought they had a chance of dislodging the current Number One single, Hear’say’s ‘Pure And Simple ‘, ‘Phonics drummer Stuart Cable remarked wryly: “It’s really hard to knock a soap opera off Number One.”

Other acts for A Day At The Races are to be announced over the next few weeks.

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