Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Debuts New Song At Latitude

The singer plays rare solo gig at lunchtime on last day of the festival

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Radiohead front man Thom Yorke played a rare solo acoustic set in Latitude‘s Obelisk Arena on Sunday (July 19) lunch time.

Introducing the new song, Yorke jokingly said, “This is a new song, so you know – go for a piss. The track, ‘The Present Tense’- recalled the finger-picked, circular form of some ‘In Rainbows’ numbers – Yorke also performed a selection of Radiohead and solo tracks.

Switching between a grand piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and synth, the singer often used a looping pedal to build up layers on tracks such as ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’, from ‘In Rainbows’, and his 2006 solo track ‘Harrowdown Hill’.


He was on talkative form, even jokingly confessing to the crowd that he wished he had headliner Grace Jones‘ costume changes and “g-string”.

After leaving the stage, he returned for an encore of Radiohead songs ‘There There’, from 2003’s ‘Hail To The Thief’, and rarity ‘True Love Waits’, which was released on the 2001 live mini-album ‘I Might Be Wrong’.

Thom Yorke‘s Latitude setlist was:


‘The Eraser’

‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’

‘Atoms For Peace’

‘Harrowdown Hill’

‘Follow Me Around’

‘Everything In Its Right Place’

‘The Present Tense’

‘Cymbal Rush’

‘Black Swan’


‘There There’

‘True Love Waits’

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