The group play a special gig on the day 'Little Kix' comes out - and nme.com was there...

Mansun played a live show to 25 fans on the day they released their third studio album.

The band, who released their new LP ‘Little Kix’ yesterday (August 14) through Parlophone, played a 45-minute live concert to a select group of competition winners at the BBC Maida Vale Studios in London. The show was later broadcast on Radio 1.

The gig was played in one of the main recording studios, and was preceded by an interview with Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq. The band played the set as live, showcasing material from ‘Little Kix’, as well as older live favourites. Vocalist Paul Draper performed the entire show in a specially-constructed vocal booth.

One of the competition winners told nme.com that she planned to come down to the studio and listen to it from outside, had she not won tickets. She said: “It was amazing to see the band play in such an intimate place in front of only a handful of fans. If I couldn’t get in, I would have sat outside and listened to it from the car!”

The full set was: ‘I Can Only Disappoint U’ ‘Being A Girl’ ‘Comes As No Surprise’ ‘Special/Blown It’ ‘Electric Man’ ‘Love Is…’ ‘Wide Open Space’ ‘She Makes My Nose Bleed’ ‘Take It Easy Chicken’

In the course of the performance, Draper also revealed that the band’s next single will be ‘Electric Man’. A spokesperson for the band told nme.com that the single would be released in the autumn.

For the rest of the week the band will be conducting promotional duties, but are also confirmed to play low-key live shows at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms (August 17) and Brighton Concorde (18). Mansun will then perform on the second stage at this year’s V2000 Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Stafford this coming weekend (August 19-20).