Metallica to play Festival de Nimes

The US rock giants have announced their first scheduled European festival appearance for 2009.

They will be stopping off in southern France to play the Festival de Nimes on July 7 on the back of a mammoth Europe-wide stadium tour.

The festival, held in the city’s stunning Roman amphitheatre, will run on selected dates throughout that month and usually puts on a host of big names with the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Vanessa Paradis playing last year.

Tickets for the Festival de Nimes 2009 will be available from December 5.