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It’s been five years since Radiohead has released a new album and four years since they’ve last performed live. Now, the band’s dry spell for performing is about to end.
Radiohead is finally set to tour this year for the first time since 2012. There’s also speculation of a new album to be released by the band as well.
The first show announcement for the band is that they’re set to headline OpenAir St. Gallen, a Swiss music festival taking place on June 30 to July 3.
But there’s more—they’ve also confirmed two more festival appearances. The band will also be headlining Primavera Sound in Barcelona this summer and NOS Alive in Portugal. Looks like they’ll be taking Europe by storm.
Perhaps with all these European festival dates, Radiohead will come to North America? But that’s just a lucky guess.
Speaking of lucky guesses, fans are also speculating the imminent release of new studio album. Although no announcements have been made by the band, there’s good evidence to support this idea. Plus, it’s no secret that Radiohead has a history of being extremely tight-lipped about formal releases (with the exception of 2011’s King of Limbs).
Exhibit A – Thom Yorke’s cryptic Tweet about writing new material from October:
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) October 15, 2015
Exhibit B – Every time Radiohead releases a new album, they start a new label, ._Xurbia_xendless Limited launched July 2007. Then In Rainbows came out in October. Ticker Tape Limited launched in 2010, then bam – King of Limbs released the year after. Currently, they’ve started Dawn Chorus LLP, so according to their current track record, shouldn’t this mean new music?
Exhibit C – Then there’s all of these upcoming festival shows Radiohead will be headlining. When bands rise from the ashes after vanishing for some time, usually it’s because of new music.
So new album? Perhaps. But Radiohead is definitely playing live shows again soon.
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