Stone Roses fans fooled as lemon posters promoting cover band gig appear in Doncaster

The Clone Roses will headline Doncaster's Diamond Live Lounge in January

Fans of The Stone Roses have been fooled into thinking the band were set to play a warm-up gig in Doncaster ahead of their 2016 live dates.

The Manchester band will return for four nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium in June next year, as well as a headline slot at T In The Park. They will also will headline Dublin’s Marlay Park in July.

Local paper The Star recently reported that posters featuring the band’s famous lemon logo had been spotted at numerous places around Doncaster, including the Revolver clothes store, the Notorious Aardvark record store and Doncaster Tourist information centre. The poster led fans to suggest a gig might take place at Doncaster’s Diamond Live Lounge.

However, a spokesperson for the venue has confirmed to NME that the posters are in fact advertising a gig by cover band The Clone Roses, who will play the venue on January 29, 2016.

The cover band themselves have written on Facebook that they had no part in the publicity stunt. They wrote: “Afternoon folks, just wanted to put the record straight that this had absolutely nothing to do with us. We only found out about it once everyone had posted about it. Rang the promoter straight away”.

Diamond Live Lounge’s owner has also issued a statement, saying: “We don’t have the Stone Roses, sorry. We have the Clone Roses, an amazing tribute to the superb original. My marketing campaign was to help raise awareness of the venue and help ticket sales for our up and coming acts. I decided to ‘clone’ the now famous lemons of the Stone Roses. I have to admit, I never thought it would go as big as it did. It was purely a marketing strategy and publicity stunt. I apologise if anyone feels tricked, cheated or deceived.”

Bookmakers have listed Stone Roses among the early favourites to win next year’s Mercury Prize, with odds of 12/1 following rumours of a new album.

The Stone Roses are also now second favourites to headline next year’s Glastonbury Festival, according to bookmakers Betfair.

Meanwhile, former Oasis manager Alan McGee recently commented on the Stone Roses’ upcoming reunion, telling Gigwise: “I think Stone Roses coming back is going to make people remember what rock’n’roll was again. It’s brilliant for music.”

The Stone Roses play the following live dates:

Manchester, Etihad Stadium (June 15, 17, 18, 19)
T In The Park (July 8)
Dublin, Marlay Park (July 9)