‘HEAD FOR HOMELANDS?

After Pulp's success this year, anything is possible...

CHEMICAL BROTHERS and RADIOHEAD have been approached to headline next year’s HOMELANDS festival, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Homelands promoter Darren Hughes told NME.COM: “The people we’re talking to next year now, and the ideal line-up next year is Radiohead and The Chemical Brothers. We think that’s something the band (Radiohead) will be interested in, as they’re not predictable and of course they could sell out 40,000 people themselves, and we’re hoping this’ll be something that’ll appeal to them. And I think Pulp helped make Homelands that little bit more eclectic than an out-and-out rave this year.”

The Chemical Brothers‘ Tom Rowlands has also exclusively revealed to NME.COM that their new single, ‘It Began In Afrika’, will be released in September with an album to follow early next year.

Commenting on the prospect of playing Homelands 2002 alongside Radiohead, Rowlands said: “That sounds cool. Actually it’s been good to get out of the studio and do a few DJ sets this year.”

Rowlands added that the reported collaboration with Richard Ashcroft is “unconfirmed” at present. He also revealed that duo have lined up a guest vocalist they have worked with before who “isn’t Noel Gallagher”.

Although he wouldn’t be drawn on the vocalist’s identity, NME.COM can reveal that the duo have been in talks with The Charlatans‘ Tim Burgess who sang on the early Chemical Brothers single ‘Life Is Sweet’.