Manic Street Preachers in Australia for Lions rugby tour
Welsh band Manic Street Preachers have announced gigs in Australia so they can follow this summer’s 2013 British and Irish Lions tour.
Their announcement follows news that 15 Wales players will be among the 37-man squad for the 10-match tour.
The “massive rugby fans” describe the prospect of watching the team take on Australia as an “once in a lifetime opportunity”.
The band’s song Australia was used in tourist board ad campaigns.
The group said: “As massive rugby fans the chance to visit one of our favourite countries – play some gigs and watch the British and Irish Lions play Australia is an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.
We can’t wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our Australian fans and the thousands of Lions fans travelling Down Under”
Statement from the Manics
“We can’t wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our Australian fans and the thousands of Lions fans travelling Down Under.”
The Manic Street Preachers travel to Australia in late June to play shows in Melbourne and Sydney to coincide with matches against the Wallabies.
They will also travel to Auckland, New Zealand, during a break between games.
In September the band are due to play Festival No 6 at the village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd.
It attracted 6,500 people when held for the first time last year.