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Portishead announce comeback gigs
The band have been working on their third album for several years
Cult British band Portishead will play their first official concert for nearly 10 years at a Butlins holiday camp.

The group are to curate and perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas event, which is due to take place in Minehead this December.

"We've chosen a diverse collection of artists to play with us and we're really looking forward to it," said the band via their Myspace page.

The trip-hop pioneers won the Mercury Prize for their debut, Dummy, in 1995.

Featuring menacing beats combined with jazz samples and singer Beth Gibbons haunting vocals, the record went on to became an international success.

The follow up, Portishead, was released in 1997, after which the band seemingly ground to a halt.

Portishead in Bristol (taken by Orynthia Thomas)
The band played an unannounced acoustic set in Bristol this February
They resurfaced in 2005, telling BBC 6 Music they were well on their way to completing a new album.

It has yet to see the light of day, but producer and songwriter Geoff Barrow has promised he is "trying to meet deadlines for this year".

In February, the group made an impromptu acoustic appearance at Bristol concert venue Mr Wolf's, where they previewed their new material, but the Butlins gig will be their first full performance since the 1990s.

The group will also choose the line-up for the three-day festival, which was set up as an alternative to the likes of Glastonbury and Reading in 1999.

"We have always loved the All Tomorrow's Parties set-up and we're happy our first shows will be there," said the band in a statement.

"It's great to have the opportunity to introduce bands we love or have influenced us."

Previous curators of All Tomorrow's Parties events include indie bands Mogwai and Sonic Youth in the UK and Simpsons creator Matt Groening in the US.

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