Radiohead for Splendour In The Grass 2012?

Radiohead have been confirmed as the headliner for Fuji Rock 2012, adding weight to this week’s buzz that 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 – alongside the previously confirmed Stone Roses – also makes them a chance for Splendour In The Grass.

Last year Splendour shared nine bands with Fuji Rock and three with the other major festival of the Japanese summer – Summersonic – but when 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.”

Ducrou also revealed that booking the lineup has become a year round job. Coldplay contacted Splendour during the 2010 festival to begin negotiations for this year’s headline set and Ducrou revealed that the plans for the 2012 lineup had begun three months before Kanye and Coldplay had hit the stage at this year’s festival. “We’re already talking about next year 15 months out from the festival,” she told FL. “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.”

Hey it may only be January, but when the Splendour rumours are this juicy it’s hard not to get a little bit excited.

Update: Splendour In The Grass have dispelled Radiohead and Stone Roses_ rumours tweeting:

Re the speculation about Radiohead @ SITG this year, we’d like to officially dispel these rumours, unfort they’re not playing Splendour 2012

And while we’re here… brace yourselves… ditto for The Stone Roses, they won’t be playing Splendour 2012 either :-(

Sad Face indeed!