IRE IN THEIR HEART!

A petition is launched over the band's proposed appearance at the Brecon Jazz Festival...

Local residents have launched a petition in a bid to stop SUPER FURRY ANIMALS playing next month’s BRECON JAZZ FESTIVAL.

A petition has been signed by 84 people living near Watton Field in Wales, where the band will perform in a marquee on 12 August. Residents claim the concert has been “sprung” on them, although festival organisers deny it will bring any problems.

Festival director Andy Eagle defended the concert but conceded to the BBC that another venue may have to be found, because of the opposition.

Eagle added: “The Super Furries

gig is for young people and I think it’s an insult to say that there will be individuals intent on causing chaos at the gig.

“The people opposed are in the minority and these people should remember that they were young once too. We’ve had bands and individuals kick off the festival before who’ve had no jazz links.”

He claimed: “We should be proud the Super Furries

are coming, it’s a real coup for the town.”

The concert is subject to a public entertainment licence application to Powys council on 28 July.

SFA, currently in Spain recording their seventh studio album, follow the show with a host of live activity. Firstly, they support Air at the Cornwall Eden Project on August 13. The next night they are the headliners at this year’s Summer Sundae Festival in Leicester.

For ticket availability to Summer Sundae, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

SFA will also co-headline the BBC Radio 1 Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds. They play Reading on Friday August 27 and the following day in Leeds. For ticket info, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

The full list of dates is as follows:

Brecon Jazz Festival (August 12)

Cornwall Eden Project (13)

Leicester Summer Sundae Festival (14)

Carling Weekend: Reading (27)

Carling Weekend: Leeds (28)

A reissue of material recorded by SFA frontman Gruff Rhys’ and drummer Dafydd Ieuan’s first band Ffa Coffi Pawb is released on August 2. ‘Am Byth’ makes available most of the band’s recordings, which were made between 1986 and 1992.

More Super Furry Animals activity is promised for later in the year.