SFA warm up for this weekend's All Tomorrow's Parties festival with an evening of new material...

Super Furry Animals played their first UK gig of the new millennium last night – and singer GRUFF RHYS admitted the crowd were being used as “guinea pigs”.

The Welsh group performed at the 400-capacity Colchester Arts Centre as a warm-up for this weekend’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Camber Sands, and spent the majority of the gig showcasing tracks from their forthcoming Welsh language album ‘Mwng’.

Gruff told the crowd: “You are all being used as guinea pigs. We have never played these songs live before. We hope you like them, even if you don’t understand anything we are singing.”

The audience were also treated to a smattering of old favourites, including the top 30 singles ‘Northern Lites’, ‘Do Or Die’ and ‘Demons’.

‘Mwng’ is scheduled for release on the band’s own Placid Casual label on May 15. It’s preceded by a limited-edition, vinyl-only single, ‘Ysbiediau Heulog’, on May 1.