And their show in London is selling fast…

REM have confirmed a European tour in support of their new album ‘AROUND THE SUN’.

The band will come to Europe at the start of 2005 for an arena tour, which starts in January. The tour visits: Lisbon Atlantico Arena (Jan 7)

Madrid Palacio Vistalegro (8)

Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi (9)

Marseille Dome (11)

Milan Forum (15)

Bolzano Palaonea (16)

Ljubljana Hala Tivoli (17)

Zagreb Dom Sportova (19)

Belgrade New Arena (20)

Budapest Sport Arena (22)

Prague Sazka Arena (23)

Riga Kipsala Exhibition Hall (25)

Tallinn Saku Suur Hall (26)

St Petersburg Ice Arena (27)

Paris Bercy (February 8)

Vienna Stadthalle (11)

Currently the band’s only confirmed UK date is at the London Hammersmith Apollo (September 14), a gig in aid of Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign.

Sources close to the event told NME.COM that following the leak of the news that the band are playing, ticket sales doubled and are now being sold at a faster rate than last year’s gig, which saw Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher and Ms Dynamite perform live.

All profits for the London show go to Oxfam. Tickets are on sale now, and are priced £25 standing, and £30 seated. The ticketline number is 0870 606 3400.