Band celebrate Christmas with download

Manic Street Preachers are giving away a song to fans for free.

The Welsh trio are getting festive by releasing track ‘The Ghost Of Christmas’ as a free download to those who have signed up to the band’s mailing list from today (December 1).

Bassist Nicky Wire explained that the song was an “early Christmas” present.

“To celebrate this season of goodwill we will be giving away our Christmas single ‘The Ghosts of Christmas’ on our website, and newsletter, from December 1 completely free,” he explained. “So to anyone who has bought our records, seen our gigs, read our reviews, joined our website or given us awards thank you for a special year. The song is old school Christmas, the anti-’X Factor’, for us it’s actual fun. Hope you enjoy the song and the tour.”

For more information on how to get the download go to

Meanwhile Manic Street Preachers will play the following tour:

Aberdeen Music Hall (December 2)

Edinburgh Corn Exchange (3)

Manchester Central (5)

Cardiff International Arena (6)

Birmingham NIA (8)

Bournemouth BIC (9)

London Brixton Academy (11, 12)

Brighton Centre (14)

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.