Manic Street Preachers perform on New Zealand version of The X Factor – watch

The Welsh band are currently touring with the British and Irish Lions rugby team

Manic Street Preachers surprised fans last night by appearing on The X Factor in New Zealand.

The Welsh band are currently touring Australia and New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions rugby team and played the track ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ – watch it above. It’s not the Manics’ first appearance on reality TV, in 2010 they played ‘Some Kind Of Nothingness’ on Strictly Come Dancing.

The band lined up shows in Melbourne and Sydney for this month and July so they can watch the team take on Australia. They will also travel to Auckland, New Zealand, during a break between games. The Welsh trio made the decision after they heard the news that 15 Welsh players will be among the 37-man squad for the 10-match tour.

Manic Street Preachers told NME last month (May) that they’ve recently recorded 35 new songs to be split across two separate albums: one acoustic, the other with a “European fascination”.

The Manics are due to play Festival No 6 at the village of Portmeirion in North Wales over the weekend of September 13-15. Other acts on the bill include Neon Neon, James Blake, Everything Everything, Jagwar Ma, Temples and AlunaGeorge. For more information head to now. They will also play BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park on September 8.