The Stone Roses’ Heaton Park Preview Special

Finally! After months of anticipation, a smattering of European festivals and that exclusive warm-up show in Warrington, the Stone Roses are back where they belong: playing to 75,000 mad-fer-it superfans, in a field, in Manchester. This week’s NME has all the news from the three-day weekend, with a bumper report of the Friday night show, reviews of support sets from Primal Scream, The Vaccines and Beady Eye, the word from the fans, and a selection of stunning posters capturing this most epochal of comebacks. We were there. Were you?

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There IS A New Strokes Album In The Works…
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Lily Allen Is Back!
And why that’s a good thing.

We’re Looking Forward To T In The Park
So is Serge Kasabian, by the sound of it…

Deap Vally
This week’s Radar stars, a dirty desert stomp for fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Led Zeppelin

Making The Perfect Mixtape
As Foals release their new mix ‘Tapes’, Edwin from the band walks us through the science of mix-tape construction.

“He wouldn’t have a dick left. I would chisel that with my labia.” Hooky West Coast power-pop and sibling ribaldy, as all-sister trio Haim hit London

Album Reviews
This week’s best long-players, with Dave Longstreth’s brainy indie-progsters Dirty Projectors, grown-up Libertweens The View, and skint Scandi punks Holograms.

Live Reviews
They say you play certain dirty pub venues twice, once on the way up and once on the way down. But not if you’re The Vaccines, who decided to debut their new album in the back of a Hackney boozer. Plus, Biffy, Noel and Tom Petty at Isle Of Wight, Off! and Trash Talk in Glasgow and Nicki Minaj in London.

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