February 19, 2008 10:28

Muse to play London's Royal Albert Hall

Plus band set for big UK gigs and large shows abroad

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Muse will headline the London Royal Albert Hall in April.

The gig at the prestigous venue will be one of a series of events organised by The Teenage Cancer Trust.

The band are also set to play big one-off gigs in the UK later this year, another in Dubai, and may play a series of shows in South America.

As previously reported, Muse will also headline this year's V Festival.

Speaking to BBC 6Music, frontman Matt Bellamy confirmed that his band would definitely be playing at the Albert Hall, although the exact date in April is yet to be confirmed.

“We are doing a couple of one-offs [gigs],” he said. “For example, we're doing the Albert Hall Teenage Cancer Trust show in April, then we'll do the V Festival and a couple of other sort of 'holiday' gigs.

“We're gonna do Dubai. We actually wanted to go there anyway [on holiday] but we might as well do a gig there to pay for the trip. It's the same with South America. We might go down for a sort of half-holiday and do a couple of gigs, because we have never been there before."

Bellamy went on to explain that the Royal Albert Hall show will see the band play a much more stripped-down stage set than they played at last June's Wembley Stadium concerts, although he did have plans to take their spectacular live show abroad.

“What inspires us is the idea maybe of doing shows like Wembley Stadium, but trying to bring it to more countries around the world,” he said. “We haven't really toured at stadium level. That's something we would like to work towards.”

Details about how to get tickets for Muse’s forthcoming April gig at the Royal Albert Hall will be announced on Thursday (February 21) – check NME.COM then for more information.


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