Radiohead London gig: venue reveal last minute switch drama

'It was the stuff of dreams' say 93 Feet East

Following on from Radiohead’s surprise intimate gig last night (January 16), the events team at 93 Feet East have spoken out at their shock and surprise at the night’s developments.

The gig was originally planned to take place at the Rough Trade East shop across the road, but the gig was forced to move due to concerns over crowd numbers.

93 Feet East Events Manager Sean Hitchings told NME.COM: “As far as we were aware they were playing Rough Trade. Then I just got a phone call in the evening saying could we accommodate the gig? It just steamrollered from there.”

The venue then had a task on their hands to accommodate the gig with so little warning: “It was the first night this year where we didn’t have a show on, so we just had to get in touch with the sound engineer, told him to get his arse down here and got a couple of bar people in. The band had their own security so that was all taken care of, then it was just a case of watching them carry their stuff over from Rough Trade to 93 Feet East.”

Hitchings added: “It was the stuff of dreams. I’ve had phone calls and emails all day about it because not that long ago I said to people ‘One day we’ll have Radiohead here’, it’s always been a dream, and then last night it was a case of ‘Excuse me, the hairs on my arms are standing up again’.”

A Radiohead fan himself, Hitchings declared that: “The show was amazing, I’m a big fan of ‘In Rainbows’ and it was good to hear the other stuff.”

“Would we welcome Radiohead back to do a residency?” Hitchings asked rhetorically. “Yeah, I think so. Absolutely!”

NME.COM has an exclusive Radiohead picture gallery online now, so you can take a peek at what went on.

In addition, you can also watch Radiohead live footage from the gig on the NME office blog now.

To relive the show as it happened head to NME.COM/blog to re-read our live blog filed straight from 93 Feet East during the gig, plus see what the fans who were there made of the show.

Did you go to the gig? Send your photos, video and stories to news@nme.com with Radiohead in the subject and we will publish the best.

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