Stone Roses were always set to swap Coachella headline slots with Blur, says band spokesperson

Despite speculation, the British bands were always set to share the top spot at Californian festival

Following news that Blur will be topping the bill at this weekend’s Coachella Festival in California, a spokesperson for The Stone Roses, who took the top spot on the otherwise identical line-up last week and will play before Blur this time, says that it was always the plan for the two British bands to share the headline slot.

Blur opened for the Manchester legends on the festival’s main stage on April 12 but will now close the Coachella Stage this Friday (April 19). Though speculation in the US is rife that this is because The Stone Roses failed to attract a large enough crowd last week, the Roses camp insists that this is not the case.

Last week, The Stone Roses headlined the opening night of the festival in front of a small but dedicated crowd, running through a set heavy with fan-favourites, including ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘Made Of Stone’ and ‘Waterfall’, in addition to frantic renditions of ‘This Is The One’ and ‘I Am The Resurrection’.

Blur, who played before Ian Brown and co, delivered a greatest hits performance that included classic tracks ranging from ‘Beetlebum’ and ‘Out Of Time’ to ‘Tender’, ‘The Universal’, ‘This Is A Low’ and ‘For Tomorrow’.

The Britpop band were also joined by a special guest for their performance of ‘Parklife’ – English actor Phil Daniels, who features on the recorded version of the single. He announced his arrival onstage by yelling “Oi oi saveloy” over the PA system.