Stereophonics all Wight now as they prepare for ninth visit to North East venue

Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones on stage in Bristol last month.
Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones on stage in Bristol last month.

Stereophonics have been announced as one of the headliners at next year’s isle of Wight Festival ahead of their show in Newcastle this weekend.

The Welsh rockers will co-headline the Friday night of the three-day event, on June 10, along with Faithless.

They have also unveiled plans for stadium show in their homeland, at Cardiff City Stadium, six days prior to that, supported by the Vaccines and Band of Skulls.

In the meantime, though, the group, formed in the Cynon Valley village of Cwmaman in 1992, are in the midst of an arena tour of the UK and can be seen in Manchester tomorrow night, Leeds the night after and at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Sunday.

This will be their ninth visit to the 11,000-capacity arena following previous shows at the riverside venue in 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013.

Tickets cost £32.50 to £47.50. For details, go to www.metroradioarena. co.uk, www.stereophonics. com or call 0844 493 6666.

The quartet are on the road to promote their ninth album, Keep the Village Alive, their sixth chart-topper following its release in September.

Five of its predecessors reached pole position in succession, a feat only achieved by seven other groups – the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Abba, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2.

THeir handful of other No 1s is made up of 1999’s Performance and Cocktails, 2001’s Just Enough Education to Perform, 2003’s You Gotta Go There to Come Back, 2005’s Language, Sex, Violence, Other? and 2007’s Pull the Pin.

They’ve also notched up 11 top 10 singles, including one No 1, Dakota in 2005.1998’s Their other top 10 hits include 1998’s The Bartender and the Thief and 2003’s Maybe Tomorrow, both No 3s, and four No 4s – 1999’s Just Looking and Pick a Part That’s New, 2001’s Handbags and Gladrags and 2003’s Madame Helga.

That’s a track record they couldn’t help but be happy about, and that shows on their new LP, according to frontman Kelly Jones.

“It’s quite an optimistic album,” he said.

“That’s the key to the Keep the Village Alive thing. Everywhere I went as a kid, what we were learning through life or whatever was through storytelling. You were always listening to somebody’s version of events.

“This was almost going to be a double album at one point, but double albums went out in the 1970s.

“There were a couple of songs that spun over from Graffiti on the Train onto this one, but I kind of leave the guitar in the corner of the room until it’s time to write, and then I think the absence from not picking it up, when I do pick it up, stuff just happens for me. I never try to force it. You get quite excited about playing again.”

The 41-year-old added: “What’s good about the band is that we all still like each other.

“You talk about bands fighting, but we meet up every week and rehearse when we’re not touring.

“It’s nice to still have a bunch of mates to go to work with, and I think that’s one of the reasons why we’re so prolific.”

Besides Jones, Stereophonics these days consist of fellow founder member Richard Jones on bass, Jamie Morrison on drums and Adam Zindani on guitar.

Kid Wave will be their support act on Sunday.