Radiohead play intimate matinee show

Thom Yorke and co play for just 300 in London

Radiohead played a matinee concert in central London this afternoon (April 1), performing a variety of old and new songs.

The band performed at the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House for Radio 6Music just after 3pm.

With an audience of just 300 competition winners, Thom Yorke and co played a short set based mainly around tracks from latest album ‘In Rainbows’.

Yorke greeted the crowd with “good morning everybody”, before the band opened with ’15 Step’, asking: “What time did you get up?”

With more songs from their 2007 album following, the band then changed tack, opting for early material.

“When we agreed to do this they said ‘can you do a mixture of old and new?’, so this is an old one,” explained Yorke, ahead of ‘Hail To The Thief’‘s ‘Myxomatosis’.

With ‘Morning Bell’ and ‘Optimistic’ following, Yorke then took the opportunity to remind fans of their 2000 album ‘Kid A’.

“We’re going to a couple of songs from ‘Kid A’,” he explained. “It may not be on the pundits’ chart but we love it. It’s just a bit weird.”

Ending with ‘Videotape’, Yorke simply thanked the crowd for listening before departing to a standing ovation.

The band then briefly returned to play ‘Optimistic’ again for the encore – “because we get off on playing it,” joked Yorke, as they re-recorded the track for the radio session.

Radiohead played:

’15 Step’


‘All I Need’



‘Morning Bell’




Highlights from the gig are set to be broadcast on Steve Lamacq‘s 6Music show at 6pm (BST) this evening. See for details.

The band are now set to play a second show as part of the BBC‘s Radiohead Day, this time for Radio 2, which will be broadcast live on the station from 8pm.