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Sunday, 8 July, 2001, 01:50 GMT 02:50 UK
Radiohead dazzle home crowd
Radiohead wowed fans in South Park
Radiohead wowed fans in South Park
Radiohead used a laser show to light up their home city during their only UK concert this year.

More than 42,000 fans turned up for the open-air gig at Oxford's South Park, the band's first concert there for five years.

Trey Parker, creator of cult TV series South Park, also attended after being invited by the band.

Parker, who is a huge Radiohead fan, was curious to see what the Oxford South Park looked like.


Veteran jazz star Humphrey Lyttelton joined the group on stage as they perform tracks from their classic album OK Computer and their experimental new release Amnesiac.

Fellow Oxford heroes Supergrass played at the gig along with an acoustic set by Beck.

We wanted more space so people could come and see us

Colin Greenwood, bass player Radiohead
It is the first time Radiohead have played at Oxford since 1996, when they performed in front of just 400 people at the Zodiac Club.

Bass player Colin Greenwood said the biggest problem was finding a large enough venue.

"We wanted more space so people could come and see us. It is a fund-raising event as well. We won't be taking a fee and we want to raise lots of money for charity."

Back from US tour

The concert also gave local band The Rock of Travolta and Hester Thrale a spell in the limelight after being selected by Radiohead from hundreds of hopefuls.

Radiohead have just returned from a well-received tour of the US, showcasing Amnesiac.

The experimental band will be heading back out in August for the second leg, finishing at the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl.

Their fourth offering, Kid A, was also a huge success, topping the US charts in 2000.

They were the first British act in three years to get a number one in the US.

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