The Rolling Stones have announced a number of concert dates for this summer in the UK and US as part of their 50 and Counting tour.

The band will play a total of ten shows in the US and UK between May and July this year.

In a statement Mick Jagger said: “50 And Counting has been pretty amazing so far.

"We did a few shows in London and New York last year and had such a good time that we thought let's do some more.

“It's a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear, with a few little gems tucked in here and there.

"The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It's great fun to be able to get that close to the audience."

Keith Richards added: "From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it.

"It was the gates...let us out!

"'Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people."

The band will perform a number of dates in London’s Hyde Park, almost 44 years after their legendary free gig there shortly after the death of Brian Jones.

The big question now is whether they’ll add any Irish dates?