THE FAITHFUL RETURNED

The Cranberries make their first live appearance in two years in Oslo, Norway on December 11...

THE CRANBERRIES will make their first public appearance in more than two years when they play at a concert to celebrate the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize on December 11 in Oslo, Norway.

The event, which celebrates the achievements of Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble and SDLP leader John Hume in the Northern Ireland peace process, also features appearances from Alanis Morissette and the reformed A-Ha.

Their last gig was in the US in September 1996 as part of their world tour to promote the eight million-selling ‘To The Faithful Departed’ LP. The tour disintegrated due to the increasing ill-health of singer Dolores O’Riordan.

The band’s new album was recorded in London, Canada and the south of France, with The Cranberries and Benedict Fenner producing. The band are still deciding on titles, but the LP should be released in the first half of next year.

A full UK tour will be arranged around the release of the album.

Despite rumours that they would headline U2 have denied that they will play at the concert.