Radiohead: ‘We won’t play Glastonbury because of environmental issues’

Thom Yorke explains why we won't be seeing his band play this summer at Worthy Farm

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has suggested that the reason his band will not play at the Glastonbury festival this summer because of environmental issues.

Yorke, speaking in Brussells at the launch of the Friends Of The Earth Big Ask campaign, said that Radiohead were trying to only play at events with environmentally friendly transport systems.

“What we’re trying to do now is only play in areas that have a public transport infrastructure in place,” he told The Sun. “So that rules out Glastonbury for this year. Maybe we can work out a plan for the future. They’re probably sick of the sight of us anyway.”


Yorke went on to explain how he and his bandmates were making ecological concessions in their lives. “I am trying to build a system under my house that heats it naturally from the ground,” he said.

“One of the conditions of the band carrying on touring is that we do everything we can to minimise our impact on the environment. That has included buying two lots of equipment and keeping one in Europe and one in America so we never have to fly our kit around the world again.”

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