The group continue to work on their eagerly-awaited album in the Irish capital...

R.E.M are moving operations to DUBLIN in order to continue sessions for their new album, nme.com has learned.

Frontman Michael Stipe has already been in the Irish capital for around a week ,and will be joined soon by guitarist Peter Buck.

A spokesperson for R.E.M told nme.com: “Mike is in Dublin and Peter is going to get there some time this month. They’re going to continue working on the new album which should be ready for release sometime in early spring. They’ll be there for around a month.”

She added they were not going with the intent of working with anyone in particular but simply because “they really like it there. I think they just wanted a change of locale”.

It is the third change of location for the band since they started work on what will be their 12th studio album in Vancouver in late spring. In July they returned to hometown Athens, Georgia with Stipe admitting they were “surprising themselves” with the progress they had been making.

Stipe was spotted taking in Beck‘s show at the Witnness Festival at Fairyhouse Racecourse on Sunday (August 6).