Have Coachella Demoted The Stone Roses?

Manchester band swap slots with Blur
The Stone Roses

The Stone Roses' trip to Coachella doesn't appear to be going well, with festival organisers appearing to give the Manchester band another slot.

The 90s were a curious time in British music. Having enjoyed widespread American success through the 60s, 70s and 80s it suddenly seemed that Trans-Atlantic tastes were diverging.

Time after time, hotly tipped UK groups would come a-cropper in the United States. So when Coachella booked The Stone Roses as headliners, eyebrows were immediately raised. The band had never toured the United States, and only ever enjoyed one track ('Love Spreads') on the Billboard Hot 100. 

Performing last Friday, it seems that The Stone Roses' set didn't go down as well as anticipated. Drawing a disappointing crowd, organisers have seemingly reacted by giving the headline slot to Blur.

Damon Albarn & Co. will now top the bill at the second weekend of the Californian festival, with The Stone Roses set to play an earlier slot.

The announcement was made on Wednesday (April 17th) with fans on both sides of the Atlantic immediately debating it's significance. However the complicated nature of Coachella this year muddies the waters even further - spread across two weeks, some have suggested that The Stone Roses and Blur were only ever meant to be joint headliners, with the line up swap being carefully scheduled.

Watch out for full coverage from Coachella on ClashMusic shortly.

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