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Radiohead at Glastonbury: A thunderous, turbulent anniversary set

A touching and tender performance from the pioneering band

  • Funster
  • 24 June 2017
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It's hard not to look at the performance without taking a step back to consider the political climate the UK is right now. After a recent, shock surge from the Labour party in the recent general election, both the crowd and band reflected the country's current state of affairs in their behaviour.

During down time between songs, a chant of "Oh Jeremy Corbyn" broke out across the entire field. Thousands and thousands of festival-goers chanting in unison with a seemingly shared passion.

In response, Thom Yorke, who didn't interact with the crowd as much as expected, joked "See you later Theresa May. Shut the door on the way out". Naturally the audience replied with a passionate cheer back at the frontman.

'Bodysnatchers' provided a moment of anarchy that seemed fitting for the night before 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' provided the touching, singalong moment that everyone had been begging for.

As for an encore, nobody does it better than Radiohead. 'Creep' into 'Karma Police' is enough to send the already jubilant crowd into an emotional meltdown and thus signalled the end of what was a truly special headline set.

At times thunderous, at others, beautifully tender, Radiohead proved once again that they are an act that not only signify the sign of the times, but also move with them. For anyone in attendance, it's a set that won't be forgotten anytime soon, for die-hard fans, it was a delight to see such a varied set list on the greatest stage of them all.

Funster is Mixmag's Deputy Digital Editor, follow him on Twitter here

[Photo credit: Anna Barclay]

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