The band announce a warm-up date before their Unison benefit...

CATATONIA are set to play a low-key warm-up show in NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDERS on April 26, ahead of their full-scale comeback in MANCHESTER two days later, NME.COM can reveal.

The show will be Catatonia‘s first gig since they played NetAid in October 1999 and will provide fans with an opportunity to hear tracks from forthcoming new album ‘It’s What’s Not There That Makes What’s There What It Is’. Tickets, priced £8.50, are on sale now from the venue.

The band’s show in Manchester’s Evening News Arena on April 28 is backed by the union Unison to highlight their Campaign For A Living Wage, which aims to raise the UK’s minimum wage to £5 per hour.

Toploader are co-headliners with support from Idlewild, Wheatus and Dum Dums.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM recently from the London studio where the band are putting the finishing touches to the forthcoming release, Catatonia lead singer Cerys Matthews said: “It’s a cause I think’s really important and it just seemed to be the right time for us to come back – it’s a long, long time since we played live. It should be really great. We’re really looking forward to what they [the new songs] are going to sound like live. It’ll be good to get back on the old live circuit again.”