Rumors about the return of Radiohead have been swirling for months, and now the band has confirmed that they will play live shows in 2016, a run which will be their first string of shows since 2012.
Radiohead will headline Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival (June 2-4), Switzerland’s OpenAir St Gallen festival (July 2), and Lisbon’s NOS Alive festival (July 8). Primavera, which announced its lineup this week, will also feature PJ Harvey and LCD Soundsystem, both of which will release new albums this year.
In October Radiohead set up a new company, Dawn Chorus LLP, which fueled speculation that they would release a ninth album in the coming year. (They did the same for previous albums 2007’s In Rainbows and 2011’s The King of Limbs.) That same month, guitarist Jonny Greenwood wrote on Twitter that Radiohead had recorded much of a new album. “Lots has been recorded,” he wrote, “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.”
Though they haven’t shared any new music or updates from the collection, Radiohead did put out an alternative theme song to last year’s Bond film Spectre. Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” was the official theme song, but frontman Thom Yorke tweeted that the band was asked to write a version. “It didn’t work out … but became something of our own which we love very much…” he wrote. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.”
Check out that track below.