The band stay for double what's expected of them, but that's still not enough!...

MANIC STREET PREACHERS have warmed up for their appearance at V2002 by meeting fans in an emotional appearance at the NME SIGNING TENT in CHELMSFORD.

The Welsh three piece, who are headlining the NME Stage after the Chemical Brothers moved to the Main Stage following the cancellation of Travis, have been on site for much of the day.

Earlier in the afternoon, singer James Dean Bradfield performed a short acoustic set in the Virgin Radio tent, performing the classic songs ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and ‘A Design For Life’.

At 7pm, all three bandmembers met hundreds of fans, some of whom had been queuing for over two hours to meet their heroes. Items signed included old singles, tour posters and photographs. Some fans were in tears after meeting the band, whose bassist Nicky Wire was enjoying the sunshine in a pair of oversized sunglasses and a Soviet style military jacket.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM, James Dean Bradfield revealed that the band’s performance will be Greatest Hits set, rather than focusing on new material.

When asked if the band were nervous, he said: “We’re ready. We’re not giving each other high fives in the dressing room or doing weights, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Despite signing autographs for twice their allocated time, sheer demand meant that many fans were left disappointed.

One such fan told NME.COM: “Eventhough I didn’t get anything signed, I still managed to get close. It’s good to see the Manics back anyway!”

For a full report on the Manics’ return to the live arena, click back to NME.COM later this evening.

In other festival news, so far at V2002 in Weston Park, police have cautioned 242 people for cannabis possession, seizing a total of 1.95kg of the drug.