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REM are set to headline the ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL in June.

The band, currently on an indoor tour of Europe, will play the event on June 12, according to the island’s local news site [url=]solenttv.com.

The band’s UK spokesperson has yet to comment on the news.

Following their indoor shows in Europe, which reaches the Latvian capital of Riga tonight (January 25), the band head for Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa. They then return to Europe in the summer for the outdoor shows.

The band are expected to release ‘Electron Blue’, the third single from their chart-topping ‘Around The Sun’ album, to coincide with the indoor UK dates in February.

The full list of remaining 2005 dates and confirmed supports so far are:

Riga Kipsa Exhibition Hall (25) (Brainstorm)

Tallinn Saka Suur Hall (26) (Brainstorm)

St Petersburg Ice Arena (27) (Brainstorm)

Helsinki Hartwell (29) (Brainstorm)

Stockholm Globe (31) (The Thrills)

Oslo Spektrum (February 1) (The Thrills)

Rotterdam Ahoy (3) (The Thrills)

Oberhausen Kopi Arena (4) (The Thrills)

Hannover Preussag Arena (5) (The Thrills)

Antwerp Sportpalais (7) (The Thrills)

Paris Bercy (8) (The Thrills)

Vienna Stadhalle (11) (The Thrills)

Stuttgart Schleyerhalle (12) (The Thrills)

Liepzig Arena (13) (The Thrills)

Berlin Velodrom (15) (The Thrills)

Copenhagen Forum (16) (The Thrills)

Hamburg Color Line Arena (17) (The Thrills)

London Carling Apollo Hammersmith (February 19) (Now It’s Overhead)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (21) (Now It’s Overhead)

Glasgow SECC (22) (Now It’s Overhead)

Birmingham NEC (23) (Now It’s Overhead)

Belfast Odyssey (25) (Now It’s Overhead)

Dublin Point Theatre (26/27) (Now It’s Overhead)

Cape Town Bellville Velodrome (March 4/5)

Durban ABSA Stadium (8)

Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome (10/11)

Tokyo Budokan (15)

Nagoya Geijyutsu Gekijyo (17)

Osaka Grand Cube (18)

Hong Kong (Wanchai) Convention & Exhibition (20)

Christchurch Westpac (24) (Bright Eyes)

New Plymouth Bowl Of Brooklands (26) (Bright Eyes)

Brisbane Entertainment Centre (29) (Bright Eyes)

Sydney Entertainment Centre (31) (Bright Eyes)

Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (April 3) (Bright Eyes)

Adelaide Entertainment Centre (6) (Bright Eyes)

Perth Burswood Dome (8) (Bright Eyes)

Torrevieja Campo De Futbol (May 27)

Hipodromo De Las Mestas (May 29)

Magdeburg Dom Platz (June 1)

Graz Freizeitzentrum (June 5)

Isle Of Wight Festival (June 12)

Lancashire County Cricket Ground (June 17) (Feeder)

Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park (18)

Dublin Ardgillan Castle (19)

Gothenburg Tragarn (21)

Oslo Ullevall Stadium (22)

Stavanger Viking Stadion (23)

Horsens Stadium (25)

Bonn Museumplatz (28)

Dresden Elbufer (29)

Hull The KC Stadium (July 5)

Nottingham Forest Football Club (6)

Ipswich Town Football Club (8)

London Hyde Park (9) (Feeder)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (10)

For ticket availability for the UK shows [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.