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Thom Yorke solo show crowns Glasto Friday


United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey | 25 June 2010

Down the years there have been many moments that define a Glastonbury and for a while it would seem that Gorillaz headline set would dominate the Friday proceedings but with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood unveiled as secret guests on The Park Stage, things took a much different turn.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis did the honours before they set off saying: “we’ve got two super stars here but I’m not going to tell you who,” but it didn’t take long for the crowd to recognise a playful Yorke in sweatband and white t-shirt.

Easing in with ‘The Eraser’ the Radiohead frontman announced that he’d “been in the studio with his first band,” as an attentive audience quietly watched the set unfold as the sun ducked down over Glastonbury Tor.

Solo efforts on ‘Harrowdown Hill’ and ‘Black Swan’ followed and although they weren’t as finely-tuned as they were at last year’s Latitude appearance, they still had fans in beaming smiles.

A meek Jonny Greenwood then helped out on ‘Cymbal Rush' before a luscious ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ overwhelmed the sea of faces that lined the hill.

‘Idioteque’ gave fans a chance to dance, while ‘Karma Police’ were met with tears of joy from some girls in the crowd, before the pair wrapped up with ‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’.

Virtual Festivals caught up with Jonny Greenwood to talk about the secret show and he said: “I was really nervous but I really enjoyed it.”

The pair played the following:
The Eraser
Harrowdown Hill
Black Swan
Cymbal Rush
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Idioteque
Karma Police
Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Click here to see the photos from the show.

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