Radiohead, one of Britain's biggest bands, have announced a two-night stay in Wolverhampton, a major coup for the city's Civic Hall.

The band, which is more used to playing in stadiums, appear at the Civic on May 15 and 16.

The shows are described as low-key warm-ups for a larger tour which includes the V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford in August and dates in Europe, America and Canada.

The tour will be the first opportunity to hear a selection of brand new material that the band has been working on in the studio. The group are still working on new songs and it is possible that they will release one as a download-only single.

A band spokesman said: "We're excited to be touring again, especially to play new songs to an audience.

"For the first time, we have no contract or release deadline to fulfil - it's both liberating and terrifying. We will be playing new songs that are work in progress."

Tickets, costing £32.50, go on sale at 9am on Saturday morning. They will be available by phone on 01902 552121, online at <a href="http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk" target="_blank">www.wolvescivic.co.uk</a> and in person at Midland Box Office in the Little Civic, North Street, Wolverhampton.

* Radiohead star Thom Yorke has revealed how he turned down a meeting with Tony Blair to discuss climate change.

The singer is an ambassador for Friends of the Earth who asked Yorke to meet the Prime Minister.

But Yorke dismissed Blair as a man with "no environmental credentials" and said dealing with Labour "spin doctors" had made him feel ill.