Radiohead a real chance for Splendour In The Grass 2012?

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UPDATE FROM SPLENDOUR: “Lots of talk out there about Radiohead at Splendour this year. As much as this would be nice, we’d like to officially dispel these rumours by letting everyone know that unfortunately they will definitely not be playing Splendour 2012… we’ll get them one day ;-)”

As the years go on, Radiohead’s relationship with electronic music (and, in turn, the inthemix homepage) has grown closer. 2011 saw Thom Yorke and co. more enamoured than ever with artists like Nathan Fake, Four Tet, SBTRKT, Lone and Pearson Sound, all who turned in remixes for the excellent TKOL RMX package. Hell, Radiohead even selected Four Tet and Pearson Sound as support acts for their New York concerts back in September. So, that’s a fairly long-winded way to set up this piece of speculation for the fans we know reside here…

Radiohead have been confirmed as the headliner for Fuji Rock 2012 in Japan, adding weight to rumours the band will bringing their King Of Limbs tour to Australia sooner rather than later. Despite rumours emerging earlier this week that Thom Yorke and co. will be headed to New Zealand in November, the band’s announcement on Fuji Rock 2012 also makes them a chance for Splendour In The Grass. It’s certainly the closest they’ve been to Australia in quite some time.

Last year Splendour shared nine bands with Fuji Rock and five with the other major festival of the Japanese summer Summersonic. When our sister site FasterLouder spoke to Splendour organiser Jess Ducrou in 2011, she revealed that the relationship between the three festivals is likely to be even closer in 2012. “We’ve always had a light dialogue on dates and so on,” she explained, “but interestingly this year we have started talking more with them and I think that will really benefit everyone.”

“We’re already talking about next year 15 months out from the festival,” she added. “That’s not just headliners, that’s from a broad range of acts including acts that we approached this year that couldn’t do it but want to try and fit it in next year. It’s becoming a never-ending job.”

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