The band head to the country as part of their world tour...

REM have announced details of their first ever live shows in SOUTH AFRICA.

The band play there in March as part of their world tour, which kicks off in North America in October.

The South African dates are at:

Cape Town Bellville Velodrome (March 3)

Durban ABSA Stadium (8)

Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome (10)

As previously revealed on NME.COM, the group will come to the UK twice in 2005, in February for indoor arena dates, and then again in the summer for stadium shows.

The tour will be preceded by a small London date at the Hammersmith Apollo (February 19), the same venue the group played at last night’s Oxfam Make Trade Fair charity show where they were joined by Chris Martin.

The tour visits: London Hammersmith Apollo (February 19)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (21)

Glasgow SECC (22)

Birmingham NEC (23)

Lancashire County Cricket Ground (June 17)

Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park (18)

Hull The KC Stadium (July 5)

Nottingham Forest Football Club (6)

London Hyde Park (9)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (10)

For ticket availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

REM‘s new album, ‘Around The Sun’, is released on October 4.