Roundhouse, LondonJoy radiates from the stage as the band blast out 90s anthems and Moon-shaped material while dancing, joking and working the crowd into a frenzy
A sense of anticipation hangs around every gig by a major artist, but the mood before Radioheads first British show since 2012 feels particularly charged. Perhaps people are grateful to be here at all. The last time Radiohead played in London, they did two nights at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. This time, theyre doing three at the 3,300-capacity Roundhouse. Demand for tickets outstripped supply to such a degree that its become a news story in itself: Newsweek reported that someone was flogging a solitary ticket via a resale site for a modest 5,900, a state of affairs that prompted outrage from MPs.
The route to the venue is scattered with ticketless fans holding up signs bemoaning their plight. Furthermore, reports from shows on the continent have spoken breathlessly of old songs being dredged up and added to Radioheads set for the first time in years: Paris was apparently even treated to a rendition of 1993s Creep, the song that made Radiohead famous, and with which theyve had an equivocal relationship ever since.
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