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Nordoff Robbins have today announced that the incredibly successful and internationally acclaimed band, Coldplay, are to receive the Royal Albert Hall Best British Act Award at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards.


The star-studded event, in aid of music charity Nordoff Robbins, a favourite charity of the music industry, will take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. 


Chris Martin of Coldplay said 'It means a huge amount to us to be named Best British Act by Nordoff Robbins at the 2013 O2 Silver Clef Awards. Nordoff Robbins is an organisation that lies very close to our hearts. They provide life-changing music therapy for thousands of people each year and we're humbled to collect this award in their honour.'

The event is a highlight in the music industry calendar, recognised for its A-list attendees as well as the impressive auction prizes up for grabs at the lunch. 

The Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards 2013 event is hoping to raise £500,000 to fund 20,000 life-transforming music therapy sessions for children and adults across the UK.

 

 

 


 

 

Manic Street Preachers have announced gigs in Australia so they can follow this summer's 2013 British and Irish Lions tour.

 

Their announcement follows news that 15 Wales players will be among the 37-man squad for the 10-match tour.

 

The "massive rugby fans" describe the prospect of watching the team take on Australia as an "once in a lifetime opportunity".

 

The band's song Australia was used in tourist board ad campaigns.

 

Bass player Nicky Wire told BBC Radio Wales: "The dangling carrot was that we'd never been to New Zealand. We could go to Australia, see the Lions and hop over to New Zealand.

 

"We've never been to New Zealand and we have a lot of Australian fans. It all came together in the most magical way."

 

The group called themselves "massive rugby fans" and the chance to play some gigs and watch the Lions play Australia was described as "an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity".

 

Wire added: "The Lions are a rare animal to see".

 

As for the show audiences, he said there would be a mix of "feather boas" and "middle-aged men in rugby tops".

 

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It all came together in the most magical way”

 

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"We can't wait to play a selection of our greatest hits to our Australian fans and the thousands of Lions fans travelling Down Under."

 

The Manic Street Preachers travel to Australia in late June to play shows in Melbourne and Sydney to coincide with matches against the Wallabies.

 

They will also travel to Auckland, New Zealand, during a break between games.

 

In September the band are due to play Festival No 6 at the village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd.

 

It attracted 6,500 people when held for the first time last year.