Having teased their return last Friday (30 November) on socials, Doves revealed on Monday (3 December) that they would be headlining a night for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall next spring.

With their long-awaited return to the stage set in stone, Dove’s Jez Williams spoke to Radio X DJ Gordon Smart about their return and plans for the future.

Before Doves even reunited there was a petition to get them back together. Williams commented, "We did hear about the online petition, which is just amazing. It’s so flattering hearing that people out there still care. It gave us a nice feeling, that people actually give a crap. It was quite heart-warming. You could probably argue that it was a cumulation of this and that and everything falling into the right place at this time. The time feels right. I don’t know why, but it just feels right at the moment."

Having left Doves dormant for the past eight years, Doves are, of course, asked if they'll be bringing new music to our ears in the future. Williams explained to Smart, "At the moment we’re just in a room playing the old tunes. We’re hoping the waters are right, the planets are aligned and we get that right vibe and you never say never, but at the moment we’re just concentrating on playing the tunes."

Their comeback show at London's Royal Albert Hall is a big gig to resume their career with, and Williams revealed to Smart that he would ideally like a bit of practice first, "I’m really wanting to hustle for a couple of warm ups before we go into the Royal Albert Hall because, yeah, it’s going to be interesting. Going straight cold into that, you know what I mean, I’m going to need to take a few pairs of underpants with me!"

Tickets for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall go on sale 9am 7 December on the Royal Albert Hall site. Find out more about Teenage Cancer Trust's music fundraising events.