THE Stone Roses have been confirmed as the first headline act for next year's Isle of Wight Festival.
The iconic 90s band, who reformed earlier this year for a string of eagerly-anticipated gigs, will head the bill on the main stage at Seaclose Park, Newport, on the Friday night of the 2013 music festival.
It will be the Manchester-based four piece’s only UK festival appearance of the year.
Isle of Wight promoter John Giddings said: "When you talk about the soundtrack of our lives, the Stone Roses are embedded in it. I am so proud to get them to our island - they will kick the weekend off with a bang."
The appearance on June 14 will be the first time the Fool’s Gold and I Am The Resurrection stars - Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani (aka Gary Mounfield) and Reni (aka Alan Wren) – have performed at the Isle of Wight Festival.
Tickets for the event in June go on general sale from Wednesday.
The announcement comes just a week after the festival was allowed to keep its licence by Isle of Wight Council, following complaints after this year’s festival descended into a mudbath, sparking traffic chaos across the island.
East Cowes-based aerospace company GKN, which is the Isle of Wight's largest employer, said it lost £50,000 because of gridlock as festivalgoers struggled to get into the site's car parks.
The firm behind the festival, Solo, told councillors it had already spent £200,000 on a total redesign of the travel plan for the event, and insisted the 2013 festival will have a new car park that is four times bigger and has extra entrances.
Ticketholders will be charged for parking to encourage more people to come by public transport.