THE Stereophonics are to play Newport Centre in the run-up to Christmas, it was announced today.

The group will play five small UK shows this December as a special Christmas treat for their fans.

The Newport gig will be on Saturday December 15. Tickets go on saleon Friday November 2nd at 9am.

Earlier this month, the band previewed a new track, ‘Violins and Tambourines’, with a film directed by Kelly Jones on their website.