T In The Park 2012 rumours round-up

Find out who might be stepping out at Balado...


Photographer:Shirlaine Forrest

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Chris Eustace | 23 January 2012

From educated guesses and secretive tip-offs, through to wild speculation, wishful thinking and something someone’s mate Dave told someone down the pub - we’ve got all the T In The Park rumours on one handy page. To think they said hiding that microphone in Reni’s hat wouldn’t work…

The higher up the list the band appears, the more times they’ve been mentioned around the web. Where acts have been referenced an equal amount of times, they are ordered in suitability and the likelihood of them appearing.

With the big line-up T In The Park line-up 2012 announcement set for February, keep checking Virtual Festivals for more information. Let’s start then, with the one thing we do know for sure:


The Stone Roses
The one act officially confirmed for Balado, T is set to be the first UK festival the Manchester legends play on their reunion jaunt, a weekend on from their huge Heaton Park shows. No doubt they helped shift a lot of those Early Bird tickets.  

Could be T-rustworthy:

The Killers
A new album is due this year, and they’re getting touted around every major festival going. They’re pretty much the latter-day T house band, having headlined twice in recent years among numerous appearances, yet their popularity remains undimmed. Smart money has them back again.

Snow Patrol
If there’s any rivals to Las Vegas’ finest for the “T House Band” title, it’s probably Gary Lightbody and Co. With the band having formed at Dundee University, the festival faithful have long since adopted them as their own, with the former headliners’ anthems providing some pivotal T moments. A no-brainer?

Biffy Clyro
Back soon with an ambitious double album, and playing shows to match, as last year proved. Now firmly, and credibly, in the frame for a headline spot, a top three billing is assured if they sign up, not least because they’ll be on home turf.

There’s a gap in their tour schedule from 4 until 10 July, when they're playing Cardiff, so they'd be around. Looks like they're making up for last year?

Lady GaGa
The Born This Way tour should be in full swing by the summer, and T has never been afraid of mixing in some prime pop in with its rock and dance staples, so it’s no surprise that Gaga has made a lot of people’s list. Maybe she’ll wear a deep-fried Mars bar hat? The “big pop star most likely to”, along with…

Katy Perry
It could end up being a T2009 if revival The Killers, Gaga and Katy all really do turn up on the bill, but Perry would surely be on a much bigger stage this time, armed as she now is with another huge hit album, ‘Teenage Dream’, since then. She hasn’t had a massive festival presence since, but all those arena dates she’s been doing recently would see her in good stead.

Ready to show off their new material on their UK tour in February, it’s inconceivable that the French dance titans won’t be back for summer festival dates, and T would love them. Whether they land here or head to Rock Ness isn’t clear yet, but it’s likely they’ll end up at one or the other.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Beady Eye played T in 2011, so a whole year’s distance should be a safe enough between the warring Gallagher brothers. With the huge success of the High Flying Birds album, it’s a war that Noel’s winning easily. With Oasis songs also set to feature, he could headline in his own right, or be a superb addition to The Stone Roses day, as would…

The Black Keys
‘El Camino’ has finally put the blues-rockers into the mainstream over here, and while they’re not quite headline material as they are in the US, they should enjoy their best festival year ever in 2012.

Jessie J
‘Who You Are’ is still selling shedloads, and Jessie has her eye on a year of touring, which will probably involve making up for last year, when she had to pull several festival shows, including T, when she broke her foot.

Florence & The Machine
Lining up on almost every rumour page we’ve seen. Most think it’s a foregone conclusion the Florence is coming back to T in the Park, some have her headlining, a lot more have her second or third.  

Franz Ferdinand
Another for the “homecoming heroes” slot. It’s been a while, but a new album is imminent, and with European dates and a bill-topping slot at Field Day confirmed, it’d be a bit of a surprise if they don’t play.

Ed Sheeran
Another no-brainer. Hard-working Ed was ubiquitous at last year’s festivals, just as he is in the charts so far this year, and in turn, he’ll be back at all the festivals again in 2012, but on the Main Stage this time.  

Rizzle Kicks
The pop duo are on the up, and their cheeky ska-hop-pop will surely be blasting out in Kinross come July.

Dubstep’s festival domination is set continue this year, and having taken it to Number One in both album charts, Nero are in demand. It’ll be rammed, whether in the tent or outside, as it would be for…

He’s in the Sound Of 2012 rundown, but was arguably the Sound of 2011 too. Now fully overground, and surely over here in the summer.

T in the Park was surely the only festival that Example didn’t play last year – with yet more ‘bosh-pop’ hits from “Playing In The Shadows’ under his belt, expect him to remedy that in 2012. Be ready to jump.

Emeli Sande
The Aberdeenshire-born singer is set to become Scotland’s latest superstar this year, with a Brit in the bag and a nice line in modern soul. Where better to celebrate?

Not T-otally Impossible:

The Cure
DJ Shadow
The Horrors
Calvin Harris
Bloc Party
Bombay Bicycle Club
Swedish House Mafia
Enter Shikari
Mumford & Sons
The Wombats
Knife Party
The Vaccines
The Maccabees
Sub Focus
At The Drive-In
Lana Del Rey
The Kooks
the xx
Azealia Banks
Laura Marling
David Guetta
Paul McCartney
Groove Armada
The Cribs
Two Door Cinema Club
Bon Iver
The Wanted
Paul Weller
Ryan Adams
The Saturdays
Michael Kiwanuka
Twin Atlantic
Charlie Simpson
Magnetic Man
Linkin Park
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Friendly Fires
Frank Turner
The Chemical Brothers
Foster The People
The Temper Trap
Daft Punk

Don’t Waste Your T-ime:

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Radiohead (although someone did make the point that The Stone Roses and Radiohead are both playing Fuji Rock, and last year Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters headlined at both T and Fuji Rock)
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Foo Fighters


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