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Kings of Leon have announced their biggest ever Scottish gig. See it and stay in Edinburgh with Serviced City Pads.

Highly-acclaimed American rock band Kings of Leon are to play Murrayfield next June. This afternoon’s announcement that the family group will play at the home of Scottish Rugby – on Sunday 26 June 2011 – follows hard on the heels of confirmation that Bon Jovi will play at Murrayfield on Wednesday 22 June 2011.

The rocker family will play Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, on June 26 this year. It puts paid to rumours they were going to headline next year’s T in the Park. It also stops the grumbles from fans who were incensed the group didn’t include any Scottish dates in their December tour of the UK later this year.

The Murrayfield gig will see the group – singer Caleb Followill, his brothers Nathan, Jared and cousin Matthew – play at the home of rugby. The stadium has a capacity of 67,000 and the biggest Scots venue they had headlined before that had been Glasgow’s SECC in December 2008, although they also headlined T in the Park in 2009.

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The band can’t wait to get back to Scotland and Caleb admitted they keep touring because he has been used to being on the road from birth. He said: “Immediately after my birth, my mom had a little suitcase and put it in between her legs in the footwell of the front seat and laid me in it. “From the word go I was always in the car, so touring was never going to be a problem.”

The band will perform in five UK venues next summer, including a return to London’s Hyde Park, the scene of last year’s triumphant headline performance to 65,000 fans. They will also play shows in Coventry, Sunderland and Manchester. They reached No1 in the UK album charts with fifth album Come Around Sundown which became their third consecutive album to debut at No1. It also took the biggest week one sales of the year and the biggest ever first week digital sales. The Followills, who release new single Pyro on December 6, were in London this week and played seven tracks f rom their latest album, including current hit Radioactive.

The band had a few teething problems early on as they struggled to kick off new track Mary, with singer Caleb later telling the crowd: We are doing some songs we have never played before and we are playing some we haven’t played in a long time, so bear with us.

We’re sure they’ll be better rehearsed in time for Murrayfield.

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