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Radiohead and Massive Attack play at Occupy London Christmas party

Protesters at Occupy London had some surprise guests at a Christmas party last night. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Robert ‘3D’ del Naja from Massive Attack dropped in to DJ at the group’s occupation of UBS’s empty building in east London.

Organisers added that the concert was recorded and would be put on an album and soon be available on a “pay what you want” basis from the Occupation Records label.

Money would be distributed to the UK Occupy movement and to encampments around the world.

Occupy spokesman Ronan McNern said: “Artists are doing this in solidarity with the Occupy movement. It’s tremendous … and hopefully it will be the first of many concerts.”

Poets, dancers and comedians also performed to a packed room, and during the electronica and dub set lasting for two hours the crowd held up a banner which read: “This is just the beginning”. Yorke had had to cancel a previous gig for Occupy Wall Street in New York when the crowd grew too large for him to perform.

UPDATE on Radiohead concert rumour

This morning, we were alerted to the possibility of Radiohead playing an impromptu show at #OCCUPYWALLSTREET at about 4pm this afternoon.

The New York Times’ City Room Blog reports that the band’s spokesperson has said that the band is “definitely not” going to perform at Liberty Plaza, contrary to initial reports. This is contrary to the “confirmed” information we received earlier from Gothamist and the OccupyWallSt.org website, and we are not quite sure where that information came from.

BUT! Gawker is reporting the following:

However, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman we spoke to insists the show will go on and that organizers have email confirmation from members of the band that Radiohead will be playing an acoustic set at 4pm. “What we think is happening is they don’t want a lot of people to come,” he said. “Trust me, we have confirmation.” CNN’s Jeremy Ryan is now reporting that the show is a go as well; what might happen if Radiohead doesn’t show up could be more interesting than if they did.

It is still unclear exactly what will (or will not) happen, but we apologize for any confusion caused by the announcement on this blog earlier today. We thank you for your patience and understanding — obviously getting dependable information is difficult, given the nature of this event.

UPDATE: One of the occupation’s official Twitter feeds states that Radiohead will not be playing at the demonstration and that event organizers were ‘hoaxed.’


Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco pledges support, donates 50 tents to #OCCUPYWALLSTREET participants (info)

Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco pledges support, donates 50 tents to #OCCUPYWALLSTREET participants (info)