Manic Street Preachers have confirmed that they will play the Hillsborough justice Concert at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield,
on May 10. They join a bill that includes The Lightning Seeds, Dodgy, Space, Smaller and Stereophonics. The Beautiful South are also due to play.
Manics drummer Sean Moore said: "As a lifelong Liverpool supporter I've always wanted to play at Anfield and I hope my
performance on the day matches some of those I've seen from the team. But putting football aside, I'm sure it's going to be a
rewarding day for everyone involved."
All proceeds from the concert will go to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.
Meanwhile, the Manics have furthered their endorsement of the comprehensive education system by donating a platinum disc for 'Everything Must Go' to their old school, Oakdale comprehensive, in Gwent.
At the Brits in February, Nicky Wire, draped in a Welsh flag, dedicated the band's best album and group awards to UK comprehensives saying: "I'd like to dedicate this to every comprehensive school in Britain, which the Government is trying to eradicate. They produced everything - the best bands, the best art, the best everything and the best boxers too!"
Oakdale headteacher Gerald Hopkins said: "It was lovely of them to send us this charming gift. They are very proud of their
connection with the school and very grateful for all the school did for them. And we are equally proud of their achievements. There is a very strong musical tradition in the school, and a very good school band, which James Bradfield was in. The others were in the school choir."