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Surprise Glastonbury appearance by Radiohead

By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News, at the Glastonbury Festival

Thom Yorke at Glastonbury
Thom Yorke played at Glastonbury for the first time since 2003

Radiohead's Thom Yorke has surprised fans with a set at the Glastonbury Festival, but stand-in headliners Gorillaz struggled to ignite the crowd.

Yorke and bandmate Jonny Greenwood played on the relatively small Park stage, which normally hosts new bands.

Meanwhile, Damon Albarn's art pop band Gorillaz replaced U2 on the main Pyramid Stage after Bono hurt his back.

"Fair play to them for helping out but I don't think they should have headlined," said one fan, David Wood.

"I think there was a lot of expectation and maybe Dizzee Rascal should have headlined because he had a better set," he added.

Another festival-goer, Kevin Prince, 23, from Birmingham, said Gorillaz were "very good at the end".

The greatest crowd excitement came during the last two songs, the 2001 hit Clint Eastwood and Feel Good Inc, from 2005.

"It took a while to get going," Mr Prince continued. "Nothing happened for a long time. We gave up - we were a bit bored. Then in the last 10 minutes they brought out all the songs everyone wanted to hear."

Damon Albarn at Glastonbury
Damon Albarn was joined by guests including Lou Reed and Snoop Dogg

Gorillaz stepped in to take the top slot only a month ago after Bono underwent emergency spinal surgery.

The set made Albarn the first person to headline Glastonbury with two different bands after he topped the bill with a reformed Blur last year.

This year, he was joined by a string of special guests including Lou Reed, rapper Snoop Dogg, The Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder and Mark E Smith from The Fall.

Earlier on Friday evening, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood filled a slot that was simply listed as "special guests" in the line-up.

Festival founder Michael Eavis introduced the pair, saying their appearance was "the biggest surprise of the weekend".

Mr Eavis cites Radiohead's 1997 Pyramid Stage headline slot as his favourite performance in the festival's history.

Instead of returning to headline this year, they chose to make a low-key appearance on the Park, where performances are not televised, to celebrate the festival's 40th anniversary.

Glastonbury Festival

It is the first time the band members have played at Glastonbury since they headlined in 2003.

The pair played a mixture of Yorke's solo material and Radiohead songs including Karma Police, Street Spirit (Fade Out) and Idioteque.

"We'd heard rumours," said Dave Wilkinson, 33, from Milton Keynes. "The atmosphere is nice because it's so small.

"It's like watching them at your local music venue rather than one of the big stages."

Another fan, Ben Cook, from Reading, said he had stumbled on the performance by chance.

"I came up and I heard Thom Yorke singing," he said. "The crowd was immense - I couldn't get close enough to see. Everybody was singing along - the atmosphere was fantastic."

Other highlights on Friday included Dizzee Rascal, Groove Armada, Florence and the Machine and the Flaming Lips.

Lantern warning

Saturday's line-up is led by stadium rockers Muse, while Kylie Minogue is widely expected to join the Scissor Sisters during their set.

Shakira, the Pet Shop Boys, Imogen Heap, Kate Nash and The Cribs are also due on stage on Saturday.

Fans have enjoyed fine weather so far, and the forecast for the weekend is for more sun, with temperatures reaching 28C.

There had been 277 reported crimes by 0900 BST on Saturday, mostly tent thefts and drug offences.

Medical staff had treated 2,100 people by 1130 BST on Saturday, mostly for heat-related problems such as sunstroke and dehydration.

Community fire safety officer Ian Humphreys issued a warning over floating Chinese lanterns, which contain candles.

He said: "Chinese lanterns are banned from use on this site.

"They can travel up to 15 miles. You have got to think about the local community - everthing is tinder-dry now so it's only going to take a little flame to spark a major incident."

Listen to continuous Glastonbury coverage on BBC 6 Music and watch performances on BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.



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