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Coral are to play their biggest ever show at special homecoming gig on midsummer’s day (June 21), NME.COM can reveal.

The NME sponsored all-day event – dubbed ‘A Midsummer Night’s Scream’ – takes place in a 5,500 capacity Big Top at King’s Parade, New Brighton, Merseyside, and will also feature guest performances from Libertines, The Thrills, The Basement

and The Zutons.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, singer James Skelly revealed the inspiration behind the event.

He said: “We wanted to do a proper homecoming gig, something a bit special. It’s being held in a tent on this ghost pier. Not many people do things like this because it loses them money, but that’s not the point really. We’re hoping to get The Bees to play too, and if so then it will be all the best new bands in the country playing on one bill. I’ve never seen Libertines and it’s been ages since we last caught The Zutons, so I can’t wait.”

He added: “We’ll be playing songs from our (forthcoming) album, but we’re also hoping to play material which isn’t on either of our records. Playing live is completely different from listening to us on record and our shows reflect that.”

Skelly confirmed that the band had now finished recording second album ‘Matrix Farm’, due for release on July 21. Speaking of their recent US dates supporting Supergrass, he claimed the band had generally gone down well.

“They were there to see Supergrass really, but I think they warmed to us… Except in Denver where they didn’t really like our material so we just ended up jamming for an hour! I think they appreciated that more than hearing us play normally.”

Tickets for ‘A Midsummer’s Night Scream’ go on sale 10am on April 12 and are priced £17.50 (subject to booking fee). For tickets call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.