The band are confirmed for the annual Brazilian festival - and the new album sessions are coming along nicely...

R.E.M have confirmed an appearance at the ROCK IN RIO festival in RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL on January 13 next year, and have revealed that their new material, currently being recorded in DUBLIN, is sounding “lush, melodic and atmospheric”.

According to their official band website, REM[/a] record in the best sense. Present plans are to finish up sometime later this year and release sometime next spring.”

He added: “Since about 1984, when we first came here for a show at the SFX, good things have happened to us in Dublin. This time seems to be no exception.”