Radiohead To Debut Ninth Studio Album In 2016: Plan North American Tour This Summer

According to Rolling Stone, Radiohead will hit the road this year, with the alt band set to perform material from their new (untitled) album at the Primavera Sound music festival in Parc del Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

It will be the first time since 2012 that the band will hit the stage, and has also announced that they will be headlining acts at Switzerland’s OpenAir St Gallen festival (July 2) and Lisbon’s NOS Alive festival (July 8).

Last October, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood teased fans with a Twitter post that hinted at the release of a new album and an upcoming 2016 tour.

“Lots has been recorded, and we’re about to go through it all… to see if it’s any good. And we HOPE to tour next year: no plans confirmed yet.”

Along with not touring since 2012, the “High and Dry” crooners have not released an album since 2011’s The King of Limbs, an album that received five Grammy nominations and reached as high as No. 3 on the U.S. billboard charts; but the groups members haven’t been on a total musical hiatus.

Front man Thom Yorke released his second solo album last year titled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. The album was received with positive reviews and became the most torrented album of 2014. Yorke also released Amok in February of 2013 with his super group Atoms for Peace; an ensemble that includes Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Beck drummer Joey Waronker.

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood released an album last November that he recorded with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur, while drummer Phil Selway dropped a solo album of his own back in 2014.

According to reports from sources close to the band, the group plans to expand on the three shows already scheduled this year and look to headline several more music festivals in both America and abroad this summer with a North American tour expected to take off in July of this year.

The return of Radiohead in 2016 should surely benefit a music scene that is populated by mainstream candy-coated teen pop that is based more off vanity than creativity.

Since releasing their debut single “Creep” in 1992 Radiohead has transcended the traditional ways of performing and recording music. Their work continues to be an oasis among an arid music industry, proving to be some of the best and innovative music of the 199os and 2000s while selling more than 30 millions albums worldwide.

Aside from the big news from Radiohead and their upcoming plans, the Primavera lineup will also headline the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem and Icelandic post-rock giants Sigur Ros.

According to Primavera’s website, more than 150 bands and artists will take the stage from June 1 to June 4 in the Parc del Forum of Barcelona and “will dazzle audiences and complete the outstanding offer with a multitude of genres in which there will be something for everyone.”

Tickets for the festival are currently on sale.

Here are some of the other artists scheduled to appear at the Barcelona music festival this summer: PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Vince Staples, Dinosaur Jr., Deerhunter, John Carpenter, Suede, the Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Drive Like Jehu, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Chairlift, Neon Indian, Battles, Freddie Gibbs, Savages, Parquet Courts, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Hudson Mohawke, Algiers, Shellac, Evian Christ, and the Black Lips.

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