Watch outspoken bassist reveal band's future plans backstage to NME

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Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has told NME the band are set to go on a hiatus following the release of their forthcoming greatest hits compilation ‘National Treasures – The Complete Singles’.

Speaking backstage at this weekend’s V Festival he said the band are set to embark on a long break after their second ‘Best Of’ collection is released in October. Watch footage of Wire revealing their future plans via the video above.

He said:

It’s the end of an era, not the end of the band but we’re going to disappear for quite a long time.

Wire confirmed that the band will continue working on their new album ’70 Songs Of Hatred And Failure’ but it will be sometime before they resurface.

He added:

Ideally we have to push ourselves to do something that we haven’t done before. But I do feel it is going to be at least two or three years before we come back after this greatest hits collection.

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