The 24-hour music event will hit London and Manchester…

Babyshambles, Kaiser Chiefs, Ian Brown and Doves are to keep LONDON and MANCHESTER up for 24 hours of the UK’s best and brightest bands.

This year’s Carling Live 24 is to rock around the clock in the two cities, with six venues hosting music from 7am on the Saturday, through to 7am the following morning.

The London leg will kick off on April 30 and will feature sets from Kaiser Chiefs, The Departure, Babyshambles, The Rakes, 10,000 Things, Willy Mason, The Paddingtons, Embrace, The Subways, Editors, The Zutons, Soulwax and 2 Many DJs.

Meanwhile, The Longcut, Nine Black Alps, Doves, Elbow, Stephen Fretwell, The Chemical Brothers, Embrace

and The Dead 60s will tear up Manchester on May 28.

The Zutons singer Dave McCabe said: “We always have a great time playing in London; we are particularly looking forward to this show as the crowd at Carling Academy Brixton are always boss.”

“We are looking forward to playing the Shepherd’s Bush Empire again,” Embrace singer Danny McNamara said. “The gig we did there last year was a real highlight for us because the crowd were absolutely mental. Playing so early will be a nice change for us and will give us plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the bands – hopefully we will be able to stay up for the full 24 hours!”

Last year’s event saw triumphant performances from [/a], [a] and Feeder and tickets for 2005’s Carling Live 24 are on sale now through www.carlinglive.com.