July 5, 2012 15:12

T In The Park boss: 'We'd love to get The Smiths to headline'

Geoff Ellis says he'd be 'very interested' in securing Morrissey and co if they reformed

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T In The Park festival organiser Geoff Ellis has said he would love to book The Smiths to headline the festival.

The beloved indie band split in 1987 and have batted away suggestions about a reformation ever since, with guitarist Johnny Marr recently joking to NME that he will only reform The Smiths if the current UK government steps down.

Ellis said he'd "be very interested" in getting the band if they were to reform, but did say though that he would have to be sure that the Scottish event's audience would want them on the bill and he didn't feel as sure as he had when he booked The Stone Roses.

Asked if he'd book The Smiths, Ellis said: ""I'd be very interested. If it happened, I'd definitely be very interested. But you've got to get the feedback from the audience before you book and find out if they suit our core audience. The Stone Roses suited that perfectly, but maybe the Smiths are not seen the same way by 18-25 year olds as the Roses, but we'd still love to put them on."

Ellis also spoke about his plans for the festival's 20th anniversary and said that though he'd like to secure a number of big Scottish acts, he wasn't sure if any could headline the event.

Asked if he'd like to book a Scottish headliner for 2013, Ellis said: ""We want to have the best Scottish bands that are around, it's something we're always looking to reflect. But we've got to look beyond Scotland, we sell tickets in England, we sell tickets everywhere, we need to have stand-out artists."

He continued: "I'm not saying we'd never have a Scottish headliner, we've had them in the past and we're already talking to some Scottish bands about playing next year."

T In The Park takes place in Balado near Kinross this weekend and will be headlined by Kasabian, Snow Patrol and The Stone Roses.

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The line-up for T In The Park 2012 so far is as follows:

Snow Patrol
The Stone Roses
Kasabian
Nicki Minaj
Tinie Tempah
New Order
Florence + The Machine
Example
Kaiser Chiefs
The Temper Trap
The Darkness
Miike Snow
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Pulled Apart By Horses
Tribes
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
David Guetta
Calvin Harris
Jessie J
The Vaccines
The Blackout
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Vukovi
St Lucia
Broken Hands
James Levy and the Blood Red Rose
Two Door Cinema Club
Emeli Sande
Ben Howard
Amy MacDonald
The Courteeners
The Maccabees
Enter Shikari
Rizzle Kicks
The Wailers
Dappy
Alabama Shakes
Elbow
Chase And Status
Skrillex
Happy Mondays
Howler
Nero
Simian Mobile Disco
Clouds
James Morrison
Frank Turner
The Enemy
Bombay Bicycle Club
Feeder
J Cole
McFly
Shed Seven
The Subways
Childish Gambino
Cover Drive
We Are Augustines
Django Django
Cher Lloyd
The Jezabels
Lawson
Reverend And The Makers
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Zulu Winter
The Milk
The Cribs
Dawes
Orbital
DJ Yoda
Paul Kalkbrenner
Gary Beck
Hans Bouffmyhre
Miles Kane
The Wanted
Hilltop Hoods
Fun
King Charles
The Parlotones
Dog Is Dead
Blood Red Shoes
Ren Harvieu
Mull Historical Society
Stooshe
Here We Go Magic
The Minutes
Lonsdale Boys Club
Maverick Sabre
Twin Atlantic
The Horrors
Keane
Christina Perri
Devlin
Bellowhead
Little Roy
Spector
Band Of Skulls
Anderson McGinty
Webster Ward and Fisher
Bacchanal Party
Beerjacket
Blank Canvas
Brown Bear & The Bandits
Capitals
Chris Devotion and the Expectations
Crusades
Davey Horne
Nevada Base
Open Swimmer
Randolphs Leap
Roman Nose
TeKlo
The Machine Room
The Mirror Trap
Alt-J
Delilah
Willy Moon
Bwani Junction
Organs of Love
Bo Bruce
The Chevin
The Original Rudeboys
The Beautiful Word


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