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Jeff Smith Jeff Smith | 14:09 UK time, Wednesday, 19 January 2011

There's a running theme of fish and chips in my blogs it seems!

When we took Paolo Nutini back to Paisley, for the first of our Radio 2 In Concert specials shows in artists' hometowns, I told you of how the team enjoyed fish and chips courtesy of Paolo's family.

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I remember sharing a fish and chip supper with a BBC OB crew and the Manic Street Preachers on what must have been one of their first ever Radio 1 Roadshows back in the early nineties!

Well here we are nearly 20 years on and we're going away again with them now, back to where they all started with Radio 2 In Concert at Blackwood Miners' Institute for our second hometown live show on Thursday 27th January.

During the day the band will be taking us around their Blackwood so that we can get a real sense of where they're coming from.

Nicky Wire promises to take us into his Dad's shed as it turns out that that was the location of the first tentative Manics band rehearsals.

We'll take Radio 2 In Concert listeners to the theatre where the band used to play and where, in those very early days, apparently they got very drunk at the pub next door.

Jo Whiley will discuss songwriting with the band in the bar at the Miners' Institute and if you have a question for them you can email to us at

Then we're with the band live on the night on Radio 2 and you will also be able to see them online from 9 performing at the Miners' Institute. Make a note and you can see it again on the Red Button from the following evening.

I'm told this will be the first time that they have played at the the Miners' Institute together as The Manics but nobody's told me whether fish and chips will be on the menu again!

Jeff Smith is Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music

Watch the Manic Street Preachers perform live at Blackwood Miners' Institute on the Radio 2 website from 9pm on Thursday 27 January.


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