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Is Future Music Festival planning a Madchester summer?

Baggy heroes The Happy Mondays are planning to return to Australia around February next year, according to a tweet from the band.

The news fits in very nicely with rumours that their “Madchester” counterparts The Stone Roses will also be here around that time, touring with the Future Music Festival. Coincidently the festival posted a message on its Facebook wall earlier today revealing that an announcement “can’t be too far around the corner”.

The original and definitive lineup of The Happy Mondays – Shaun Ryder, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, Gary Whelan on drums, backing vocalist Rowetta, Mark Day on Guitar, Paul Davis “PD” on keyboards and dancer Mark “Bez” Berry – reunited earlier this year for a run of live shows. They’re currently writing their first album together since 1992’s poorly received Yes Please!.

The Stone Roses haven’t toured Australia since way back in 1995, but when the band announced reunion shows last October they promised an “extensive” world tour. Big Day Out promoter Ken West has claimed that the Roses have been “earmarked for Future Music 2013” and Soundwave/Harvest boss AJ Maddah has also reported on Twitter that they’ve been booked “by another festival”.

Following the Roses’ huge return shows in front of 240,000 fans in Manchester, Future Music seemingly strengthened the rumour when they posted a story on their official website about the triumphant return of the “heroes of the baggy era”.

Although the dates for the 2013 Future Music Festival haven’t yet been announced the shows usually kick off in the first week of March.