REM’s Albert Hall show set for live broadcast

Radio 2 to cover Athens finest’s British return

R.E.M’s gig at the Royal Albert Hall is set to be broadcast live.

The show on March 24, will be transmitted in its entirety.

The show is a one-off date to celebrate the birthday of the Institute Of Contemporary Arts.

They the return for a stadium tour, playing:

The UK dates are:

Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Club (August 24)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (25)

Southampton Rose Bowl (27)

London Twickenham Stadium (30)

Tickets go on sale on Friday (February 29) at 9am.

To check the availability of REM tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

The band release their new album ‘Accelerate’ on March 31.

The Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 take place this Thursday (February 28) at a special ceremony in London. Follow all the action here, head to NME.COM/awards for full details.

You can also watch the ceremony at 11pm (GMT) on February 28 on E4 and see highlights on Channel 4 the following night (29) from 11.50pm.