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REM show moves to smaller venue

Michael Stipe of REM
REM are playing in Cardiff as part of a European tour

A concert by American rock giants REM at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium has been switched to a smaller 7,500-capacity indoor venue across the city.

The 25 August show, featuring support acts Editors and Guillemots, is now at the nearby Cardiff International Arena.

Tickets, which cost 45 face value, are still valid but fans can get a refund.

REM are due to start their 30-date European tour on 14 August in Salzburg, and are also playing outdoor shows in Manchester, Southampton and London.

A stadium spokeswoman would not comment on ticket sales but in a statement said promoters Live Nation decided that the 7,500 capacity CIA would host the event.

Bruce Springsteen attracted a 48,500 capacity crowd to the Millennium Stadium when he performed earlier this summer, while Neil Diamond attracted 26,000.

Madonna will kick off off her latest tour at the stadium when she performs on 23 August.

REM became the first band to play before a new curtain at the Millennium Stadium in 2005 which turns it into a smaller arena.

They also performed at the old Arms Park - where the current Millennium Stadium now stands - in a sell-out concert in 1995.

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