Editors reveal new literary inspiration at Oxegen

Band reveal source of new song as they play festival

Editors gave the Oxegen Festival an insight into their literature-inspired new song on the main stage this evening (July 11).

As with Editors performance at the recent Glastonbury festival, the band’s set included new song ‘No Sound But The Wind’.

However, speaking to NME.COM, frontman Tom Smith revealed that the track had been inspired by him imagining he was inside Cormac McCarthy‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel ‘The Road’.

The singer added that the version they played was probably not how the song will be recorded, but the band were keen to road-test some new material.

“It’s good for our sanity and it’s good for the audience’s sanity to play something new as we’ve been on the road for a while,” he explained. “It will probably have changed by the time we record it, but it gives people an idea of where it’s going.”

Playing in front of a big, passionate crowd, the set included the likes of ‘All Sparks’, ‘You Are Fading’ and closer ‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’.

Smith joked that Editors had been surprised how busy they were this summer, saying: “We were going to take it a bit calmer this summer, but it’s ended up being a pretty hectic one with festivals.”

“We just keep getting asked to play more festivals,” dead-panned bassist Russell Leech. “So far we’ve just been doing weekends, which was actually quite gentle, but it’s picking up now.”

Editors played:


‘The Racing Rats’

‘An End Has A Start’

‘Escape The Nest’

‘All Sparks’

‘No Sound But The Wind’



‘You Are Fading’


‘The Weight Of The World’

‘Fingers In The Factories’

‘Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors’

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