And they plan to indulge in pagan worship to get their creative juices flowing...

Following their headlining performance at GLASTONBURY last weekend (June 29), Doves have revealed that they are about to start work on their third album.

The band have already recorded a few new songs for the follow-up to 2002’s ‘The Last Broadcast’, and say that they are excited to be working with fresh ideas.

The band said: “We’ve got loads of ideas floating around… say probably about three songs totally finished.” They added: “It’s an exciting time because we don’t know where it’s going to go, the new record, and that’s part of the fun of doing it, really.”

According to Radio 1, the Doves may even dabble into the mystical for inspiration on the next record, saying: “We want to obviously try and do something different again, so I think we’re gonna go away after this – go up to a cottage in Scotland and do some pagan worshipping and hopefully come up with some kind of an idea.”

The Mancunian trio are playing at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals next month, and are planning a low-key warm-up gig in North Wales in August, although dates and details are yet to be confirmed.

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