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REM to help celebrate 60 years of London's ICA


Story by Jack Foley

REM have just announced a series of special of events at London’s ICA over the Easter weekend as well as a unique celebratory concert at the Royal Albert Hall with special guests Robyn Hitchcock, Duke Spirit and Foals on March 24, 2008.

On the eve of their eagerly anticipated new studio LP Accelerate, Michael Stipe and co have announced their first ever show at London’s Royal Albert Hall to support the ICA’s 60th anniversary.

Tickets for the Royal Albert Hall show go on sale on Friday, February 15 at 9am priced at £55/£45/£40/£25 and are available from, & by telephone from 0844 576 5483.

Commenting on the events, Ekow Eshun, ICA artistic director, said: “We are delighted that REM is generously supporting our 60th anniversary with a series of standout events culminating in a collaborative gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

“The ICA has consistently been at the forefront of cultural exploration, working with leading and emergent talent to present a fresh understanding of art and culture, and provide a forum for exploration.

REM are true trailblazers who have pushed the boundaries of their form and it is with great pleasure that we are working with them to help the ICA to continue to foster new voices address wider artistic concerns.”

REM Special Events at the ICA

March 22-24, 2008

Exhibition of R.E.M photographs curated by The New Yorker’s Steve Pyke. Open noon-7.30pm in the Nash and Brandon Rooms.
ICA admission price £3/£2 concessions

REM Day – Easter Monday, March 24
11am – A pre-release playback of the new R.E.M album Accelerate
12pm – An exclusive screening of Vincent Moon’s REM film Six Days with a Q&A with Vincent and Michael Stipe plus Vincent’s five REM Take Away Shows.
2pm – REM on film: Two hours of classic, rare and unseen REM footage.

Tickets for the ICA events on Monday, March 24 cannot be bought. To be in with a chance of winning tickets to the day and to the evening concert at the Royal Albert hall become an ICA Member and enter the lottery.

The deadline for joining The ICA is noon on March 12 and the lottery will be called on March 14, 2008. To join please visit

The ICA is located on The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH. Box Office: 020 7930 3647 / Switchboard: 020 7930 0493