Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack play Occupy London movement gig

'Thank you' show held for 100 people in abandoned bank complex

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Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Massive Attack‘s 3D played a gig in an abandoned bank in London last night (December 6) to show support for the Occupy movement.

The show’s organisers said it was the musicians’ way of saying “thank you” to the protesters, as Yorke and 3D played DJ sets for a crowd of 100 people inside the basement of a building owned by Swiss banking company UBS.

They were also joined by UNKLE‘s Tim Goldsworthy for the gig, which The Guardian says was recorded and will be made available as a downloadable album on a ‘Pay what you want’ basis from the Occupation Records label – with the proceeds being used to support the Occupy movement.


Occupy spokesman Ronan McNern said: “Artists are doing this in solidarity with the Occupy movement. It’s tremendous… and hopefully it will be the first of many concerts.”

Concert organiser Adam Fitzmaurice, meanwhile, said: “Yesterday I was meeting with clergy [from the church], and today it is with rock stars. The Occupy movement has so many cultures and this is just a snap shot of what we are doing.”

Last month, a host of musicians including Lou Reed and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine launched a website to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Advertisement, which has also garnered support from the likes of Sonic Youth and Sharon Van Etten, will “serve as a resource to facilitate performances at Occupy spaces and events”. Musicians as well as “sound engineers, sound artists, producers DJs, producers, instrumentalists, composers, lyricists” are being invited to sign up and show their support of the movement.

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