Manic Street Preachers to play ‘The Holy Bible’ tracks for BBC Radio 4

Band will appear on 'Mastertapes' in September

Manic Street Preachers will play songs from their ‘Holy Bible’ album in a recording of BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes series next month.

The band will mark the 20th anniversary of the album, which was first released in August 1994, with a session at Maida Vale Studios on September 19, followed by a Q&A with the band. Tickets for the night can be found here.

A BBC statement reads: “This will be a unique opportunity to hear James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore talk about (and perform tracks from) the album that has been hailed as ‘a work of genuine genius’ and ‘one of the best albums of the ’90s’… with a ‘life-affirming force that hits you with the very first song’.”

Nicky Wire recently told NME that the band will soon make a decision as to whether they will play any gigs to mark the album’s anniversary. “We’ll definitely know by the end of September,” he said after a Sziget festival set. “It’s been a road test all year – that album was always about something more, so we’ve got to get that in our psyche. This is the first year that we’ve played those songs and felt comfortable, we’ve been doing six or seven. If there’s ever a time to do it, then it’s now.”