Another article written as part of Virtual Festival’s team for Glastonbury, I filed this article on my BlackBerry from the field straight after the set.
Secret guests Radiohead debuted their latest album ‘King of Limbs’ at Glastonbury 2011
The worst kept secret of this weekend landed on The Park stage tonight as Radiohead returned to Glastonbury for the first time in eight years to play a storming set.
With word well and truly out about the Oxford quintet’s appearance, hordes of fans made their way up to the sloping field of The Park early to claim a spot, packing the area to its perimeter. Such was the band’s popularity that the gates to the field had to be closed due to a risk of overcrowding.
“Thanks for coming, we’re called Radiohead, and we’re going to try and play some of The King of Limbs for the first time,” said Thom as he chucked his Clockwork Orange hat off. “We’re your budget U2 for the evening,” he quipped.
Radiohead played a set packed with songs from both In Rainbows and The King of Limbs, before treating fans to ‘Staircase’, the latest song released by the band via YouTube this week.
The band were joined by a second sticksman for most of the set, welcoming Portishead’s session percussionist Clive Dreamer, who looked sanguine as he sat behind his kit.
Their hour-long set came to an end all to quickly, as they played ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’ in a mass sing-a-long encore.
The Park stage is becoming a familiar stomping ground for Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood, who played the same Friday special guest slot last year.
While both performances had their merits, nothing beats the power of the full band reunited onstage to wow their fans.
Yet another memorable Glastonbury performance in the bag from Radiohead.
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