The American band stormed the charts in 2008 with their self-titled album, named by editors at Billboard magazine as the year's best record.

However the band went on hiatus after finishing a tour promoting their follow-up, Helplessness Blues, in January 2012.

In April (16) frontman Robin Pecknold hinted the group were working together again on new music and on Monday (14Nov16) it was announced on Spanish radio network SER that they would be playing the Bilbao BBK Live festival in July 2017.

Pecknold subsequently confirmed the group would be playing the festival after a fan messaged him on Instagram asking if the reports were true.

The White Winter Hymnal frontman wrote in response to the fan, "did they announce?" before adding that he would be visiting the city's famous art museum, the Guggenheim.

On Monday the group also confirmed that their long-awaited third album was also close to completion, answering a fan's query as to when new music could be expected by writing, "Alllllmost (sic) done."

The BBK live festival takes place in a specially built complex on the slopes of Mount Cobetas in Bilbao from 7 to 9 July next year (17).