Every year or so, one of the music industry’s old favourite bands reunite when they reach mid life crisis and realise they’ve squandered their millions on trendy bathroom interiors and cocaine. There’s no better way to remind everyone you exist than dragging your saggy corpse back onto the stage for a couple more shows before disappearing once more to the dark netherworld of ageing and obscurity.
Recently we’ve seen Guns’n’Roses and All Saints hobbling back into the limelight as well as a truly horrific McFly combined with Busted splice that honestly nobody asked for.
The latest golden oldies to grace fans with their presence are Madchester pioneer, The Stone Roses, who presumably just want to be adored one last time. Everyone who has ever picked up a copy of NME made their way to Manchester’s holy Etihad stadium this weekend so that they could brag about it to Liam at work.
King of the cheeky lads, David Beckham was one of many in the audience, alongside his fanboy son Brooklyn although most attendees didn’t get a song dedicated to them. He uploaded this selfie posing in a bucket hat on Instagram to prove it.
But he wasn’t the only one wearing a fetching bucket hat, oh no. Thanks to the iconic hat worn by the band’s drummer Reni back in the 90s, kids and dads alike got their own similar pieces of headgear to celebrate the gig in style. Unfortunately pretty much everyone had the same idea and Manchester has seen thousands wearing identical outfits in the city centre. Here’s what the locals and visitors had to say about the incoming swarm of bucket hats on Twitter:
Manchester, we need to have a chat about the bucket hats, hun. You’re embarrassing yourself. — Helena Sweeney (@HeleSweeney) 18 June 2016
Manchester city centre is like a Stone Roses starter park tonight, you can see the bucket hats a mile off — Ciara (@ciaraellen_) 15 June 2016
A Tory government, a Stone Roses gig & bucket hats as far as the eye can see. The spirit of 1989 is alive & well in Manchester tonight, lads — Hard-Boiled Babe (@ChristinaMcMc) 15 June 2016
I reckon 50% of British bucket hats are currently in Manchester for the Stone Roses and the other 50% are in Lille. — Jonny Gabriel (@JonnyGabriel) 15 June 2016
more bucket hats and sideburns in manchester rt now than i thought was physically possible — jacackson (@jacackson) 17 June 2016
On the train to Manchester, just seen like 6 lads in bucket hats take turns to use the toilet. Brilliant — cammy steel (@cammysteel98) 18 June 2016
I live in Manchester and I’ve just seen 40 bucket hats on the walk home. — Parker. (@panoparker) 17 June 2016
Already seen at least 10 bucket hats, countless groups of ‘casual’ lads and heard waterfall three times. Get me out of Manchester!😒 — Dionne McComish (@dionnemc18) 15 June 2016