REM to play five-night Dublin stint

The band get set to roadtest new album

R.E.M are to roadtest new material at a five-night summer stint in Dublin.

The band will play the shows prior to the recording of the follow-up to 2004’s ‘Around The Sun’ with producer Jacknife Lee.

The dates at the Olympia Theatre kick off on June 30. They will also play the venue on July 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Tickets are available now from now and in person from the Olympia box office tomorrow (March 31).

Frontman Michael Stipe said of the shows: “Returning to Dublin for our live rehearsal this summer provides the great start we need for our next albums work. I intend to hit the ground running.”

Bassist Mike Mills added: “I’ve seen so many great shows at the Olympia, from The Waterboys to Lou Reed, and am thrilled to play at this wonderful venue, and in front of some of the best fans in the world, too.”