The band are let loose on the station's archives - and they'll also be playing and chatting too...

Manic Street Preachers are the latest act to take over digital radio channel BBC 6 MUSIC.

The band are to take up the challenge of ‘The 6 Music Selector’. From December 6-12 they will be let loose around the BBC archives to choose their own rare recordings, documentaries and concert sessions, which they will play along with comments and endorsements throughout the seven days.

As well as recording a live session for broadcast throughout the week, Nicky Wire will join breakfast host Phill Jupitus on Monday 6 December from 7am, while James Dean Bradfield joins Andrew Collins for the 4pm drivetime show on Thursday 9.

The band’s five ‘albums of the day’ include ‘The Joshua Tree’ by U2, ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who and The Band’s ‘The Band’.

Meanwhile, their documentary choices include ‘All Or Nothing – The Small Faces Story’, ‘The Leonard Cohen Story’ and ‘Guitar Greats – Jimmy Page’. They have also chosen live session tracks from Public Enemy, Razorlight, The Cure, [/a] and Mogwai.

[a]’ new album ‘Lifeblood’ is out now.

The band go on a UK and Irish tour next month, with [/a] in support. [a] will also appear, but in Brighton only.

The dates are:

Brighton Centre (December 4)

Belfast Waterfront (6)

Dublin Olympia (7)

London Wembley Arena (9)

Plymouth Pavilions (10)

Nottingham Arena (11)

Cardiff International Arena (13)

Glasgow SECC (14)

Birmingham NEC (16)

Manchester MEN Arena (17)

To check ticket availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.