rushonrock understands Rush could break with tradition and play one of the big British festivals next summer in support of upcoming album Clockwork Angels.

Blown away by fans’ passion for the their Time Machine shows in the UK this month, the prog rock trio are already planning a swift return to these shores.

And the band’s Canadian management company is looking at booking a high profile festival slot for summer 2012. 

Rush have been approached by the organisers of High Voltage to headline next year’s Victoria Park shindig. And although the newest rock festival on the block would suit the Toronto trio to a tee there is understandable interest from the UK’s big two – Download and Sonisphere.

Rush are not known as a festival band but plans are at an advanced stage to book a series of one-off shows next summer. And organisers of the major events in the UK and Europe are lining up to bag what would be the star attraction of the 2012 festival circuit.

Clockwork Angels is expected to hit stores next spring with Rush due to complete work on the follow-up to 2007’s Snakes & Arrows as soon as they wrap up the second leg of their mammoth Time Machine trek.

And promoters have been told to expect the band back out on the road in 12 months’ time in support of a record set to feature B2UB, Caravan and another ‘seven or eight’ new compositions.