The band get a little bit of company on the road...

REM have announced the support act for the UK and Irish indoor leg of their 2005 world tour.

The band, who have just finished touring North America, go round the rest of the world in 2005. The reach the UK and Ireland in February, where they will be joined by Now It’s Overhead, who hail from REM‘s hometown of Athens, Georgia.

Following their indoor shows in Europe, plus trips to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa the band return to Europe in the summer for outdoor shows. No supports have been announced for those shows yet.

The full list of 2005 dates and confirmed supports so far are:

Lisbon Atlantico Arena (January 7) (Joseph Arthur)

Madrid Palacio Vistalegro (8) (Joseph Arthur)

Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi (9) (Joseph Arthur)

Marseille Dome St Just (11) (Joseph Arthur)

Geneva Arena (12) (Joseph Arthur)

Basle St Jakobshalle (13) (Joseph Arthur)

Milan Forum di Assago (15) (Joseph Arthur)

Bolzano Palaonda (16) (Brainstorm)

Ljubljana Hala Tivoli (17) (Brainstorm)

Zagreb Dom Sportova (19) (Brainstorm)

Belgrade New Arena (21) (Brainstorm)

Budapest Sport Arena (22) (Brainstorm)

Prague Sazka Arena (23) (Brainstorm)

Riga Kipsa Exhibition Hall (25) (Brainstorm)

Tallinn Saka Suur Hall (26) (Brainstorm)

St Petersburg Ice Arena (27) (Brainstorm)

Helsinki Hartwell (29) (Brainstorm)

Stockholm Globe (31) (The Thrills)

Oslo Spektrum (February 1) (The Thrills)

Rotterdam Ahoy (3) (The Thrills)

Oberhausen Kopi Arena (4) (The Thrills)

Hannover Preussag Arena (5) (The Thrills)

Antwerp Sportpalais (7) (The Thrills)

Paris Bercy (8) (The Thrills)

Vienna Stadhalle (11) (The Thrills)

Stuttgart Schleyerhalle (12) (The Thrills)

Liepzig Arena (13) (The Thrills)

Berlin Velodrom (15) (The Thrills)

Copenhagen Forum (16) (The Thrills)

Hamburg Color Line Arena (17) (The Thrills)

London Carling Apollo Hammersmith (February 19) (Now It’s Overhead)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (21) (Now It’s Overhead)

Glasgow SECC (22) (Now It’s Overhead)

Birmingham NEC (23) (Now It’s Overhead)

Belfast Odyssey (25) (Now It’s Overhead)

Dublin Point Theatre (26/27) (Now It’s Overhead)

Cape Town Bellville Velodrome (March 3)

Durban ABSA Stadium (8)

Johannesburg Coca-Cola Dome (10)

Tokyo Budokan (15)

Nagoya Geijyutsu Gekijyo (17)

Osaka Grand Cube (18)

Hong Kong (Wanchai) Convention & Exhibition (20)

Christchurch Westpac (24) (Bright Eyes)

New Plymouth Bowl Of Brooklands (26) (Bright Eyes)

Brisbane Entertainment Centre (29) (Bright Eyes)

Sydney Entertainment Centre (31) (Bright Eyes)

Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (April 3) (Bright Eyes)

Adelaide Entertainment Centre (6) (Bright Eyes)

Perth Burswood Dome (8) (Bright Eyes)

Torrevieja Campo De Futbol (May 27)

Hipodromo De Las Mestas (May 29)

Magdeburg Dom Platz (June 1)

Graz Freizeitzentrum (June 5)

Lancashire County Cricket Ground (June 17)

Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park (18)

Dublin Ardgillan Castle (19)

Gothenburg Tragarn (21)

Oslo Ullevall Stadium (22)

Stavanger Viking Stadion (23)

Horsens Stadium (25)

Bonn Museumplatz (28)

Dresden Elbufer (29)

Hull The KC Stadium (July 5)

Nottingham Forest Football Club (6)

Ipswich Town Football Club (8)

London Hyde Park (9)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (10)

For ticket avaialability for the UK shows [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.