Radiohead’s Thom Yorke auctions handwritten lyrics for Oxfam

The star is raising money from lyrics jotted for 'Ok Computer' song

Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke is auctioning off handwritten lyrics to raise money for Oxfam, it was today revealed (March 18).

1997 album ‘OK Computer’ is often hailed as ‘the best album of all time’, holding a regular spot in the top ten list of the greatest albums ever. Now, it’s been revealed that Yorke has set up an on-going auction, where one lucky fan has the chance to claim handwritten lyrics from the LP’s sessions to raise money for the global anti-poverty charity.

According to Stereogum, the words to album opening track ‘Airbag’ were scribbled on the inside cover of Yorke’s copy of William Blake’s classic poetry collection ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’, which is also heavily annotated throughout.

The auction listing currently shows (March 18) that the item has reached a bid of £1,600 ($2,318) but is expected to bring between upwards of £4,000, with all proceeds going to Oxfam.

Earlier today (March 18) Thom Yorke said he was “fucked off” as thousands of Radiohead fans struggled to get hold of tickets to see the band in London later this year.

Demand for the tickets led to fans finding themselves queuing with thousands of others in search of tickets after they went on sale this morning (March 28).

Radiohead will play three nights at the Roundhouse in Camden in May. The venue has a capacity of 3300 for standing gigs. Over three nights this works out at 9,900 tickets to see the band play their first UK gigs since they did two nights at the 20,000 capacity O2 in 2012.

Meanwhile, others complained that at £65 (plus fees) the tickets did not represent value for money.

Thom Yorke tweeted after the tickets were all gone, writing: “I’m as fucked off as you are . and am only human.” It is not clear if he was referring to the struggle to get hold of tickets, the price or another subject such as touts.

The band, who are working on a new studio album, will play three nights at the Roundhouse in London this May. They will also play gigs in Amsterdam and Paris in May with further live shows in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City confirmed for later in the year.

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Radiohead will also play Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall and Le Zenith in Paris shortly after their brief London residency.

Come July and Radiohead will headline Madison Square Garden in New York before crossing to the west coast and playing two gigs at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Finally, in October, they will travel to Mexico to headline the Palacio De Los Deportes venue.

Radiohead will play

Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall (May 20-21)
Paris, Le Zenith (May 23-24)
London, Roundhouse (May 26-28)
New York, Madison Square Garden (July 26-27)
Los Angeles, Shrine Auditorium (August 4, 8)
Mexico City, Palacio De Los Deportes (October 3-4)


Radiohead recently announced a raft of European festival appearances, including a headline slot at Primavera in Spain. The band will also headline Iceland’s Secret Solstice, NOS Alive Portugal and OpenAir St Gallen Festival in Switzerland.

The band have also announced a number of festival headline dates across North America this summer, including Chicago’s Lollapalooza, San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival.

The tour dates represent the latest news in what is set to be a busy 2016 for the band, amid news that a new LP will be released this year , their first since 2011’s ‘King of Limbs’.

Speaking last year, guitarist Jonny Greenwood confirmed that “lots has been recorded” for the album and that Radiohead hoped to tour the record throughout 2016.