Manic Street Preachers in Blackwood homecoming gig

Image caption, The Manics say they are "thrilled and excited" about the gig

The Manic Street Preachers are performing in their home town for the first time in 25 years in a special one-off concert.

The band will play Blackwood Miners' Institute in Caerphilly county on 2 December for Radio 2 in Concert.

The gig is expected to feature a mix of the Manics' classic hits and tracks from the latest album.

The 180 pairs of tickets available are free, but anyone wanting to attend must apply in advance.

Distribution of the tickets is geographically weighted with 75% going to people in Blackwood, Newport and Cardiff, and 25% for the rest of the UK.

"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 concert follows singer-songwriter Paulo Nutini's homecoming gig in Paisley, Renfrewshire, for Radio 2 earlier this year.

Jeff Smith, head of music for 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 those fans who can't be there in person I'm pleased that not only can they listen to the gig on Radio 2 but they'll also be able to watch it live on the Radio 2 website."

The ticket application process is open until 1720 GMT on Thursday, 18 November, and people can register via the Radio 2 section of the BBC website or by calling 03700 100 200.

Tickets are free and will be allocated at random.

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