Radiohead Releases Archived Live Shows Amid Crisis

English rock legend Radiohead help ease their fans’ self-distancing blues

For a band that made a name for themselves by writing songs about personal and social alienation, Radiohead sure knows how to best help their fans go through personal and social isolation. No, they didn’t do a live set on Instagram; instead the English rock band are going to release a new live show from their archives on YouTube, courtesy of the “Radiohead Public Library” launched earlier this year as the go-to destination for archival Radiohead material. It is said that they’ll be releasing one show per week until the quarantine requirements are lifted or they have run out of shows to release.

“Now that you have no choice whether or not you fancy a quiet night in, we hereby present the first of several live shows from the Radiohead Public Library now coming to Radiohead’s YouTube channel,” the band wrote in an Instagram post. “We will be releasing one a week until either the restrictions resulting from current situation are eased, or we run out of shows. Which will be first? No one knows.”

The first show released was from a performance in Dublin back in October 2000. It was shot at the Punchestown Racecourse in Kildare county, Ireland. The group’s set that night consisted of tracks taken primarily from the album “Kid A,” which Radiohead had released only a week before the show.


Good to know that they didn’t leave us high and dry.