The Strokes hint they’ll play new material at New York festival
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The Strokes have hinted they will be playing new material when they headline New York festival Governors Ball in June.
The band headline the festival at Randall’s Island Park alongside Kanye West and Beck on June 4-6 for their first hometown show since headlining the same festival in 2014
Asked if The Strokes will play any new songs at the show, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr replied on Twitter to a fan: “You’ll just to have to wait and see.”
Bassist Nikolai Fraiture meanwhile posted a tweet asking: “Any song requests for Governors Ball?” to which Hammond Jr responded: “You writing these down?”
The Strokes’ most recent album was ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013. Governors Ball organisers said in an AMA session that one reason they asked the band to return so soon as headliners was on the promise of new material. They said: “This would be their first batch of new tunes in about, well, half a decade. That’s kind of a big deal.”
The existence of a new single was also hinted at in March, when Jesse Kirshbaum of media agency Nue said in a since-deleted tweet: “I love hearing that new Strokes song blasting down the office in the hall.”
The band have rarely played together this decade, with their only UK show headlining Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park in June 2015. They are also set to headline Australian festival Splendour In The Grass on July 22.