The trip-hop pioneer has been a bit quiet on the live front recently - but he intends to make up for that...

TRICKY is set to undertake a UK tour later this year following two one-off summer gigs, NME.COM can reveal.

The New York-based trip-hop pioneer, who rarely performs live, told NME.COM the dates had already been confirmed.

“It’s booked,” he said. “I’ve got to play. Ireland and England and Scotland have been neglected. I have to do it.” Though unclear about the exact dates, he insists they will take place in the Autumn.

First though, Tricky will play at Robert Wyatt’s Meltdown Festival in London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 24, and at the V2001 festival over the weekend of August 18-19.

The star said his appearance at Meltdown was as big a surprise to himself as to others.

He admitted: “To be honest I don’t know how that came about. Someone asked me if I wanted to do it and I said ‘Yeah’ and that was that.”

In the past, observers have accused Tricky of underperforming live. However, he says he has no fear of falling foul of angry audiences.

“I have loyal fans, really loyal fans. Someone said to me if I read from a telephone directory people would still watch,” he said.