Manics back home for special gig
The Manic Street Preachers return to their roots next month for a special one-off gig in the community they sprang from.
The Brit Award-winning band play the tiny Blackwood Miners Institute, south Wales, for Radio 2 In Concert on December 2.
The live gig takes the band, formed in Blackwood in 1986, back to their home town for the first time in almost a quarter of a century.
Tracks from their latest album, Postcards From A Young Man, will be performed with an array of their classic hits.
"It has been nearly 25 years since we have played in our home town of Blackwood," said band member Nicky Wire. "We are thrilled and excited to be returning to a venue where we have spent many hours honing our snooker skills but this was before it became a live venue.
"It will be the smallest gig that we have played in a long time which will no doubt lead to chaos, severe nerves but hopefully a night of home town ecstasy."
The band's return to Blackwood follows the success of singer-songwriter Paulo Nutini's homecoming gig in Paisley for Radio 2 earlier this year.
Jeff Smith, head of music, Radio 2 and 6 Music, said: "After the huge success of taking Paulo Nutini back to Paisley I know how special a homecoming gig can be and bringing the Manics back to Blackwood will be no exception."
For a chance to be part of the audience, listeners can log on to bbc.co.uk/radio2 for full details or call 03700 100 200.