MANICS CONFIRM UK TOUR DATES FOR AUGUST

Manic Street Preachers return to the live arena with an 11-date tour next month...

Manic Street Preachers return to live action in the UK when they head out on an 11-date tour next month.

The shows are the band’s first in mainland UK since their headlining slot at last year’s Reading Festival and their first indoor shows since they played Manchester Nynex Arena in May 1997. Support on all dates comes from Mogwai.

The tour calls at Cork Opera House (August 28), Dublin Slane Castle (with The Verve, 29), Belfast Ulster Hall (30), Kettering Arena (September 15), Chester Northgate Arena (16), Bridlington Spa Royal Hall (17), Dundee Caird Hall (18), Port Talbot Afan Lido (20), Stoke Trentham Garden (21) Margate Wintergardens (22) and Hereford Leisure Centre (23).

Manics bassist Nicky Wire has been speaking about the band’s new single, ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’, released by Epic on August 24. Commenting on the single, which is about the Spanish Civil War, Wire says: “It’s about standing up to any evil, and how people today don’t know how lucky they are. If certain things hadn’t happened in history, then we wouldn’t be here, full stop.”

Of the tracks on their forthcoming album, ‘This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours’, due out on September 14, he says it has “the most sense of purity and the most sense of beauty”. Tickets for the tour cost #14.00 and are limited to four per person. They are available from the NME 24-hour ticketline on 0870 1212 500. All calls are charged at national (UK) standard rate.