It’s 30 years since The Stone Roses performed their legendary gig on Spike Island. Gayle Ritchie looks back at the era-defining concert and explores the indie rock band’s legacy.
The date was May 27 1990. The venue was a man-made island in the middle of an industrial wasteland in Cheshire.
It was here, on Spike Island, that The Stone Roses headlined a gig that would go down in music history.
Around 28,000 Roses fans made the pilgrimage to the reclaimed chemical waste ground in Widnes to see the lads in action.
The band had just released their era-defining anthem Fool’s Gold and were pioneers of the Madchester baggy scene.