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Thom Yorke posts Glastonbury statement

Two weeks ago we reported about Radiohead not playing Glastonbury due to lack of public transportation as quoted in the Sun. Thom Yorke stated his words were taken out of context.On Dead Air Space, Thom Yorke said: “the last thing i did was talk to a UK newspaper called the SUn, which is owned by one of my least favourite people Rupert Murdoch. In the course of the interview i mentioned that we had a carbon footprint study commisioned and the biggest shock was the significance of the all travel to the show by the audience.  (…) I also mentioned that we were not playing Glastonbury this year but were doing our own shows in London.Not because of transport issues but because the festival goers at Glastonbury were more than likely sick of the sight of us.. it felt a little early to be doing it again, we felt as if we had only just played there.unfortunately, as is the way with such newspapers my words were taken out of context and implied we were not playing Glastonbury because there was no public transport infrastructure. well that’s bollocks.but these things spread.i have been talking to the Eavis’s about this and apologised for any misunderstanding and they are totally cool with it. “Check Dead Air Space for more on the subject and the statement from the Glastonbury festival.——–

Glasto environmentals mentals etc etc etc

A week or so ago i helped launch a campaign in europe with Friends of the Earth to get citizens in countries throughout europe to ask for their governments to commit in law to reducing carbon emmisions.

it was a very encouraging but very full on day.. i never sleep the day before such things.

THE BIG ASK . EU

anyway,the last thing i did was talk to a UK newspaper called the SUn, which is owned by one of my least favourite people Rupert Murdoch. In the course of the interview i mentioned that we had a carbon footprint study commisioned and the biggest shock was the significance of the all travel to the show by the audience. 

as we have said before we are trying to concentrate as much as we can on playing places with some form of transport infrastructure other than cars.. and encouraging you lot as politely as we can without sounding preachy to consider car sharing if other things are not available. it is difficult to know how best to go about this. especially when we are going to have use planes to travel during the tour when there is no alternative. cue endless meetings and scratching of heads.

I also mentioned that we were not playing Glastonbury this year but were doing our own shows in London. 

Not because of transport issues but because the festival goers at Glastonbury were more than likely sick of the sight of us.. it felt a little early to be doing it again, we felt as if we had only just played there.

unfortunately, as is the way with such newspapers my words were taken out of context and implied we were not playing Glastonbury because there was no public transport infrastructure. well that’s bollocks. 

but these things spread.

i have been talking to the Eavis’s about this and apologised for any misunderstanding and they are totally cool with it. 

Today Emily & Michael sent me though some stuff about how they are trying to minimise car use as much as they can.. with buses and train trips etc.

To be honest its pretty impressive. They have obviously been busting a gut about it. I wish more people were thinking as hard them.

Like the government for example.

There is a bit from the statement they sent below

All power to them. Have good Glastonbury and maybe see you there in 2009. ? maybe?

We will keep you posted about plans for our shows

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” Since 2004 Glastonbury Festival has worked hard to improve their impressive record in shifting people out of cars and onto public transport – reducing the number of public cars on site from 60,000 in 2000 to 36,000 in 2007.

In 2007 Glastonbury festival was granted an increase in public attendance of 22,500 to a total of 177,500. The entire increase in the public attendance numbers were transported to the site by coaches.

Overall the festival has encouraged nearly a third of all public attending the event to come to the site on busses, trains, coaches and alternative forms of transport.

22,500 members of the public arrive by coach and rail packages

7,500 members of the public arrive on site by National Express coach services

1,500 people arrive on site using local bus services run by the festival to Glastonbury and Bristol

16000 people travel to and from the site using the free rail and ride link to the local station Castle Cary

A minimum of 47,500 people arriving on site by public transport as this does not include a number of coach companies carrying private groups to the site using the Glastonbury Bus Station.In terms of the public attendance at the festival of 150,000 (public not staff and performers) this equates to nearly one third of the public getting to the festival using means other than cars. (This number does not include the 15 plus coaches arriving on site carrying the Oxfam staff and Workers Beer staff and other workers arriving on site using buses and coaches).For an event in a rural area Glastonbury Festival is unrivalled in its planning and achievements in terms of moving the public away from cars onto public transport.”

Thom

 

10 Comments

  • Thom talked to THE SUN?! Oh, shame on you, Mr. Yorke!

  • I feel bad but I’m going to stick up for the Sun on this one. That’s obvious backtracking. Thom might as well have his reverse lights beaming.

  • Yes because we all know Thom hasn’t refused to talk with publications he had a row with and that he’s never been misquoted by any of these sorts of publications before. Give me a break, if Thom had an issue with Glastonbury he wouldn’t mince his words about it and certainly wouldn’t rush to fellate the organizers of the event. I mean he’s publicly stated in the past that the band avoids Clear Channel owned venues and is now stating his hatred for Rupert Murdoch publicly… don’t you think he’d be sticking to his guns if he weren’t misquoted?

  • i think it’s pretty obvious he was misquoted.

  • You callin’ Thom a liar, boy?!?

  • Clear Channel own a big share in Glastonbury, do they not?

  • It seems like they’ve deleted most of the original post.

  • Last Glastonbury was 5 years ago? How long are they going to wait?

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