Meeting at the bar after NME show leads to outdoor gig support with Catatonia...

Ian Brown will make his second and final UK appearance of the year at Catatonia‘s massive Port Talbot concert on May 29.

Brown, who made a surprise cameo appearance with UNKLE at the final NME Premier Show in January, decided to play with Catatonia at the 30,000-capacity gig after meeting Cerys Matthews at a bar.

Cerys had been told I’d received a letter about it in jail saying that she wanted me to play, but I hadn’t. I’d only heard of the show the same day I met her,” explained Brown. “That’s the one reason I’m doing it – it felt right.


“I’m playing out of respect for Cerys and Catatonia. Putting on a show for 30,000 in your home area is something I can relate to. I hope it’s a red-hot sunny day. It’s gonna be a thriller.”

The gig will be Brown‘s first major appearance since last August’s V98 Festival. He has no other plans to play live in the UK this year and is rehearsing for a forthcoming tour of Japan. He is also working with 808 State in their studio in Manchester.

Support at the Catatonia gig will also come from Abba tribute band Bjorn Again, Shack and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.

More tickets have just been made available for Catatonia‘s two previously sold-out dates at Llangollen International Pavilion (May 22 and 23).

Tickets for all Catatonia dates are available from‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125 or click here to go to our online gig guide and ticket service.