Festival organiser confirms 30 people were at Thom Yorke’s DJ set in Cornwall, denies ‘barndancing’

The Radiohead frontman played a secret set at Leopallooza over the weekend

One of the organisers of the Leopallooza music festival in Cornwall has said that Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke played a DJ set to 30, not eight, people at the event over the weekend.

Cai Waggett got in touch with Pitchfork to refute some of the claims made by The Evening Standard about the set, which quoted attendees as saying Yorke played to “half a dozen drunk hippies,” at the Bude event, where it was also claimed Yorke was seen barndancing with a group of festival-goers, “many of whom had no idea who he was”.

Waggett has stated that Yorke played to “at least 30” people and added that “the air was completely patchouli free”. There was also “no Barn dancing/Line dancing/Dosie-do’ing”. Waggett went on to write: “People knew who he was, but everyone respected his right to have fun & party during his down time.” A photo of Yorke DJing last year at the festival was also posted, which was not reported at the time.

“Thom is a good friend of the festival and he understands the DIY ethos of this independent event, and he offered a late-night set in our backstage area as a little exclusive, playing alongside the excellent DJ Samo,” wrote Waggett. “It was purposely kept quiet until very close to his performance so as not to overshadow anything else going on at the time.”

The festival dubs itself “the best house party in a field” but did not advertise Yorke’s appearance prior to the festival on Saturday night (August 2). Artists who performed at Leopallooza over the weekend included Superfood, Foxes, Dry The River and DZ Deathrays. 2014 marks the ninth Leopallooza. The independent festival took place over three days at Lower Exe Farm in North Conrnwall.

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