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Radiohead stars support Friends of the Earth gig


Story by Jack Foley

RADIOHEAD’S Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are to play live in London on May 1, 2006, as part of a charity event in support of Friends of the Earth.

The Big Ask Live event is part a series of UK-wide music events that seek to promote The Big Ask campaign, which is lobbying the Government on climate change.

The London leg takes place at Koko in Camden.

Thom Yorke has been actively involved with The Big Ask campaign since its launch last May, when singer visited Parliament on behalf of Friends Of The Earth to campaign on climate change issues.

He has also called for people to support the campaign to make the government responsible for reducing the UK impact on global warming.

In a statement issued online, Yorke has revealed that he has since been asked to take things further: “Friends Of The Earth have asked me whether I would meet Tony Blair at Downing Street to discuss what our government is not doing about climate change. I don’t know if this will ever happen for certain.

“It is rattling around in the back of my mind and concerns me a lot. But I have no intention of being used by spider spin doctors to make it look like we make progress when it is just words.”

In what is proving a busy period for Radiohead, the band is also said to be planning UK dates to preview their forthcoming album.

For more information on The Big Ask, visit the Friends Of The Earth website,