Although we did expect some sort of news on this after the New Year rolls around, is on it early with the sleuthing that uncovered the news Phish will definitely be touring next year. A talent buyer in is trying to get them booked as part of a series of summer music festivals that they’re trying to bring to the area…

Buried deep within the Press of ’s article on the City Council delaying a vote on the possibility of bringing music festivals to Bader Field in 2012 comes confirmation that is planning to tour next summer. Promoter Starr Hill Presents representative Ken MacDonald told the paper that “will tour next summer” when he was asked about the possibility that the group will headline one of four festivals his company is planning for in 2012. MacDonald would neither confirm nor deny that will indeed headline one of the events, but did confirm that is planning to tour. manager Coran Capshaw founded Starr Hill, a sister company of Red Light Management.

Very exciting news. We’re less than a week away from the band’s New Year’s Eve run at Madison Square Garden, so we’ll probably see much more about this after the new year’s gag.