AS AMSTERDAM prepare for their first gig of 2009, lead singer Ian Prowse has told the Pioneer that they have a ‘special announcement’ in store for fans.

The Ellesmere Port band, who perform at The Picket in Liverpool on Saturday, expect to reveal the mystery news within a fortnight once the details have been finalised.

Amsterdam will be performing in Bristol next Friday and then London the following night, before they hit the studio to record their much-anticipated third album.

They will once again travel down to Charlton Farm studios in Somerset, which belongs to The Stranglers, to put the record together.

Prowse, who hails from Little Sutton, said: “In the next couple of weeks we will be making a special announcement. I can’t say any more than that at the moment because it hasn’t been finalised.

“We’re going to be starting work on the new album in late June. It’s all written.

“We’ll be in Somerset again which is a beautiful place to make a record. The Stranglers own the studio and as they were my favourite band when I was a kid it makes it really special.

“By the time we’ve finished putting it together the album will probably be released early next year.”

Having captured the heart of late legendary DJ John Peel, Amsterdam’s biggest hit, Does this train stop on Merseyside?, is now taking Ireland by storm.

The song is featured on folk singer Christy Moore’s new album, which is number one in the Irish charts.

The band will be playing as a full seven-piece on Saturday, with support coming from Digsy and The Sums and The Prodigal Sons. To buy tickets visit