MANSUN: MOORE BOND NEWS

Festival dates and warm-ups plus video doco set for summer...

Mansun, who have just confirmed a slot at this year’s Reading & Leeds 99 Festival, (August 29 Reading and 30 Leeds) will play a couple of warn up gigs at Oxford Zodiac (August 27) and Ross On Wye International Festival (28). The Oxford show is the rescheduled date from January, originally at Brookes University; tickets are valid for the new venue.

These are likely to be the last Mansun shows for some time.

They have been writing and recording new songs in Southern Spain and are about to go into the studio to start recording their third album. The songs take a radically different direction to ‘Six’, less “insane”.

They are also compiling material for a long form video that will include promo clips as well as footage shot by Grant Gee (who made Radiohead‘s Meeting People Is Easy) who spent a few weeks with the band. It is set for a summer release.

Some fans are also organising a Mansun Fan Convention to be held in Chester later in the year. You can keep up with this on the Mansun official website.

In other Mansun news, guitarist and co-songwriter Chad is planning to record a solo album that singer Paul Draper will produce while bassist Stove has just bought a 1977 white Lotus Esprit Turbo identical to the one driven by Roger Moore in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Apparently he’s obsessed by the Moore Bond films.

Look out for news on a Mansun nme.com webchat in the near future. Tickets are available from nme.com‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125 or click here to go to our online gig guide and ticket service.

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