Radiohead take aim at ‘strong and stable’ May at Glastonbury | Reuters

By Paul Sandle

GLASTONBURY, England Britain’s Radiohead returned to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage on Friday, 20 years after a legendary performance at the festival, with a set that mocked Prime Minister Theresa May’s election campaign and pulled songs from nearly all of their albums.

The band from Oxfordshire, England, first headlined in 1997, one of the wettest years in the festival’s history, when they lifted a sodden crowd with music from their album “OK Computer”.

Featuring songs about alienation, capitalism and modern technology, the band’s third album sounds oddly prescient in a politically divided and anxious Britain in 2017.

Fans expected “OK Computer” to feature heavily in the set on Friday, the same day a version of the album was re-released, including tracks that did not make the cut 20 years ago, called “OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017”.

The band opened with “Daydreaming” from last year’s “A Moon Shaped Pool”, followed by “Lucky”, the first of a host of “OK Computer” tracks that included “Exit Music (For a Film)”, “Let Down”, “Paranoid Android” and “Karma Police”.

Singer Thom Yorke changed the lyric at the end of the song “Myxomatosis” to “strong and stable”, apparently mocking a slogan that May repeated many times in her campaign.

“See you later Theresa; Shut the door on the way out,” Yorke said, in one of his few addresses to the crowd.

May has yet to form a stable government in Britain, more than two weeks after an inconclusive national election.


Radiohead’s two-hour show went down well with fans, but left some newcomers underwhelmed, evidenced by a steady stream of people heading off to other stages.

Tom Martin, a 30-year old from Cork, Ireland, was not disappointed by a band he had long followed. “It was the best gig I’ve ever seen,” he said.

Earlier in the day, English duo Royal Blood drew a huge Pyramid Stage crowd for a…

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