Radiohead to play UK arena tour in 2012?

Guitarist Ed O'Brien hints they'll do indoor gigs - but not British festivals

Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien has hinted that the band will play live in the UK next year – but gave the impression it will be arena shows rather than festival dates.

In an interview with BBC 6 Music, the guitarist revealed that the band wanted to play a series of indoor gigs next summer to showcase material from their latest album ‘The King Of Limbs’.

He said:

You have to do what feels right instinctively and arenas feel appropriate this time for some bizarre reason, I don’t know why.

However, he seemingly scotched hopes that the band would play UK festival dates next summer in addition to their European festival shows, adding: “We are excited about being indoors [and] not being at the mercy of the weather, British summer time.

“We haven’t played indoors for a while and I think ‘The King Of Limbs’ lends itself to a really good sound because it’s quite precise and quite detailed. So outdoor festivals probably aren’t the ideal venue for that.”

The band have already confirmed a 10-date North American tour for February 2012 and five shows across Europe for June and July. They’ll play Spain’s Bilbao BBK festival (July 12-14) and Portugal’s Optimus Alive festival (July 12 – 15) as part of these dates.

Earlier this week (December 12), Radiohead revealed that they would be releasing new material next week. The band will release two new tracks, ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’, on December 19.

You can see Radiohead perform both ‘The Daily Mail’ and ‘Staircase’ by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking.