Thom (supporting the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign on site) and Ed went down to the Glastonbury Festival last weekend to wander around and take in the sunshine and hot weather. Here's some of the column-filling 'gossip' the daily-published Select paper on site decided to write about the band : 

" Ed O'Brien of Radiohead arrived at Glastonbury with his usual problem -no car pass. With his customary creditable modesty, he refused to approach the festival authorities and say "I'm Ed from Radiohead and we headlined here two years ago so sort me out" and instead secured the requisite documentation by a process of furtive politeness. As always, total respect. 

Prize for the most splendid mobile home on site must go to Thom Yorke, whose vast white winnebago - replete with awning - dominates the backstage camping area much like St. Paulís dominates the City Of London. "I've been inside," said one of his neighbours, "and itís pretty bloody roomy" 

Ed was spotted queueing patiently outside a portaloo with toilet roll in hand. "It's the one thing you've got to be totally open about - going for a dump. It's the great leveller" 

It seems that being billy-no-mates is the thing this year, with both ThomYorke and Steve Malkmus from Pavement wandering around backstage unfettered by any friends. " 

Michael Eavis also, speaking after the festival, confirmed it will go ahead next year, and are chasing after Radiohead to headline with Oasis. This of course is subject to the band accepting - they will definitely not do it unless they feel totally confident. There is a possibility that it will be one of the first times that they play stuff from the next LP live (much like they did in 1997). As with all touring and live performances - the band will start thinking about them as soon as the next LP is finished and not before. 

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