RADIOHEAD TO PLAY 'INTIMATE' UK TOUR
BAND WILL TOUR SMALL VENUES IN THE UK TO PROMOTE SIXTH ALBUM RELEASE IN SUMMER
Radiohead have finally completed their sixth album and will undertake a tour in May in the smallest British venues they have visited in almost six years, NME can exclusively reveal.
The band's new album, recorded in Oxford and LA over the last year, will be released on June 9, preceded by a brand new single in mid-May.
In the coming weeks the band will start rehearsals for a tour which, in addition to previously announced massive European festivals, will see Radiohead play 'club' dates in the UK.
The gigs will be a chance for people to hear their new material on home soil in an intimate venue, and are thought to be a thank-you for British fans' patience.
Radiohead haven't been on a UK stage since their celebrated homecoming show in Oxford's South Park in July 2001.
A spokesperson for the band told NME: “They will be playing a very special series of dates In the UK. The shows will be in what, for them, are very small venues.”
NME understands the tour details are now being finalised, with an announcement expected in mid-March on www.radiohead.com. A show at the Belfast Waterfront Hall is “90 per cent confirmed”, according to insiders, and approximately “half a dozen” other UK dates will be added in places that are “not really clubs, but small venues” of an average 2,500 capacity – the smallest since the 'OK Computer' tour of September 1997.
A handful of band associates have now heard the record in preparation for its June release. Sources have told NME that a final title is still currently undecided. Long-rumoured titles '2+2=5' and 'Are You Listening' are “not necessarily correct”, according to NME's sources.
Radiohead have also announced a handful of European festival shows in June and July. Starting in Sweden at the Hultsfred Festival (June 13), they will then head to Germany for the Southside and Hurricane festivals (June 20, 22). From there, the band wilt join Björk and Underworld at Rock Werchter in Belgium (June 26), currently their last show before their hugely anticipated return to Glastonbury (June 28).
As NME went to press, their only other confirmed festival date was in France, at Les Eurockeennes in Belfort (July 4).