Send in the Clones – Roses return to Civic

LITTLE over a year since a sell-out Civic Hall show, The Clone Roses, are back for another date in Uppermill.

And promoter Tim Simpson is heading for another full house on July 12 to see and hear this acclaimed Stone Roses tribute acts.

Also returning to Saddleworth to support the Clones are the quirky Film Extras whose mix of pop punk, garage and new wave was heard when backing the Buzzcocks in 2017.

Formed two years before Spike Island and inspired by Blackpool Live, the Clone Roses are long players who just don’t wilt.

“Such is the love for the Roses’ music they still want to hear the songs,” says front man Gavin Scott.

“It is just down to our popular the Roses are. People are not coming to hear us, they are coming to hear Roses music.

“We have mums and dads are at the back and all the kids are at the front.”

Roses tribute bands now almost number double figures but for longevity and originality the Clones are up there with the best.

“We have put a lot of work into getting the show right and to sound right,” adds Gavin, a music promoter by day.

For all the homage paid to the Stone Roses, the two bands occupy very different worlds.

“They are aware of us and have been good with us because they just let us get on with things,” says Gavin.

“And besides we don’t want to do anything to ruffle their feathers.”

Providing DJ accompaniment for the night is Oldham’s finest, Dave Sweetmore.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from Uppermill Post Office, or online from Ticketlite and

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