OVER the August Bank Holiday weekend, more than 40,000 revellers will descend on Daresbury for the Cream-fields festival.
The event will place Halton firmly on the musical map of the North West.
But it is not the first time the borough was at the centre of a huge musical event.
Sixteen years ago, Spike Island in Widnes was the venue for the most famous open-air concert since the 60s.
The Stone Roses' triumphant appearance has gone down in rock folklore ever since.
On Sunday, May 27, 1990, nearly 30,000 adoring fans turned out to see the Manchester band at the height of their powers.
One of them was Paul James, who travelled from Leeds. He said: 'There was a spiritual feeling among the crowd.
'Thousands of fans had travelled from further afield and took to lazing in the sun, getting boozed up and waiting for the main attraction.
'There wasn't a hint of trouble but you could sense something was in the air.
'This was meant to be the start of something special. We didn't know it at the time but it was to be the beginning of the end.
'The band took to the stage in triumphant style like World Cup heroes as they saluted the crowd and took up their positions ready for the kick-off.
'The NME and Melody Maker slammed the sound and pretty much the whole day - but traditional rock journalists weren't ready for a band like the Stone Roses back then.They didn't quite get it. A frosty press conference the day before with the Roses on top aloof form probably didn't help.
'From where I was standing, the sound was OK - far from perfect but no real cause for alarm. The Stone Roses were always about the occasion. The event was always bigger than the band, the music and the crowd.'
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RESEARCH undertaken by Creamfields has revealed footballer Peter Crouch's 'robot' will be the most popular dance move among visitors to this year's event in Daresbury.
Organisers of the festival asked 5,000 ticket buyers which dance they will be doing on Saturday, August 26, with 70% agreeing that the 6ft 7in striker's antics will top the chart.
This year's line-up includes The Zutons, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp and The Prodigy.