Manchester-based band Doves have announced that they will be playing the Engine Shed this December.

The trio, whose fourth album “Kingdom of Rust” entered the UK album charts at number two this April, will take to the stage on Tuesday, December 15th — a great way to finish off the term before Christmas.

Having met when they were 15, the band, which comprises of Jimi Goodwin (bass, guitar, and vocals), and twins Jez (guitar, vocals) and Andy Williams (drums, vocals), began playing seriously as a group after meeting in Manchester’s famous Hacienda nightclub and music venue some years later.

Their first hit came as the band Sub Sub in 1993 with the release of “Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)”, which reached number 3 in the singles charts but unfortunately didn’t bring the long-term success they had hoped for.

Facing the choice of rebranding or splitting, they renamed themselves Doves in 1998 and began working on new material, swapping musical genres from dance to alternative rock.

Fast-forward 11 years, and the change seems to have been worth the while. With four studio albums, numerous hit singles, and a Mercury Music Prize nomination behind them, their first Lincoln gig looks set to show the crowd just why they’ve lasted so long: “This will be an amazing way to end the brilliant run of live music the Engine Shed will have hosted in 2009,” said Victoria Simpson, events manager for the Engine Shed.

Tickets cost £20 and can be bought from the Engine Shed or the LPAC theatre’s box office. Alternatively, visit the Engine Shed’s website or call 0844 888 8766. The event is for over 16s only and ID may be required. Doors open at 7pm.