Manic Street Preachers play free acoustic gig in Cambridge

NME cover stars perform hits from forthcoming compilation 'National Treasures: The Complete Singles'

Manic Street Preachers played a free acoustic gig in Cambridge yesterday (October 7).

This week’s NME cover stars performed in front of just 50 competition winners for the secret show, organised by local radio station Star 107, in an upstairs bar at the Corn Exchange.

The Welsh trio – who release their hits collection, ‘National Treasures: The Complete Singles’ on October 31 – played four songs from their back catalogue, plus a cover of The The‘s ‘This Is The Day’.

Speaking before the show, bassist Nicky Wire told Cambridge News: “Its more nerve wracking doing this than the big venues like the O2. It’s a strange thing to say because we’ve sold 15,000 tickets or whatever. But you can see people’s elation and disappointment [here].”

Manic Street Preachers played:

‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’
‘This Is The Day’
‘Ocean Spray’
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’
‘A Design For Life’

Earlier this week, the band told NME that they didn’t initially think that ‘Faster’ was worthy of being a single in a video you can watch above.

Manic Street Preachers are on the cover of the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now or available digitally.