Manic Street Preachers Preachers' career-spanning set at London's The 02 (cap. 17,000) in December 2011, in which they played all 38 of their singles, was Intended to be their last UK show for two years.
But such is their appetite for performing, that they returned to the stage last autumn to promote 11th studio album Rewind the Film and are now touring venues such as Leeds' First Direct Arena (13,000) and Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena (7,500), as well as two nights at London's O2 Academy Brixton (4,921). Festival appearances are also in the pipeline.
"The plan was to take two years off after The O2, as a break was needed after such a seismic show," explains their agent Scott Thomas at X-ray Touring. "But then they went away and recorded two albums, and were champing at the bit to get back."
The band are expected to hit the road again in support of 12th LP Futurology, set for release in June.
"They still love what they are doing and still feel they have something to say," adds Thomas.
The band's business affairs are handled by Martin Hall of Hall or Nothing Management.