All Stars bringing Radiodread to Leeds

If you may have been left feeling a little disappointed by Radiohead's short run of UK dates earlier this year, then there may still be a way to satisfy that Radiohead live fix this summer.

Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 7:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th June 2016, 8:18 pm
Easy Star All Stars, gig in Leeds.
Easy Star All Stars, gig in Leeds.

The Easy Star All-Stars are proud to present: 10 years of Radiodread.

Celebrating a decade since the release of their maverick re-interpretation of Radiohead’s massively successful OK Computer album, the highly regarded reggae outfit will return to the UK for a slew of live shows that will revisit the classic LP.

The news comes as the band ready a special 10 year anniversary edition of the Radiodread album for release on August 12, which will include their first new material in nearly four years - a cover of the Radiohead hit ‘High And Dry’.

Listen to ‘High And Dry’ here:

Featuring guest vocals from Grammy-winner Morgan Heritage, the new track sees the collective rekindling their passion for their Oxford heroes. Equipping their trademark complex arrangements and dynamic, dub-heavy moments in the mix, the cover is a solid reminder of the band at their perception-warping best.

Garnering praise from fans, critics and, crucially, Thom Yorke and co. themselves, the ambitious Radiodread album saw the Easy Stars completely re-imagine Radiohead’s 1997 opus OK Computer track-for-track with reggae, dub and ska flavours.

The upcoming anniversary shows will see the band play a wealth of tracks from the Radiodread album each night, including some never-before-heard live exclusives, plus favourites from the band’s other well-received tribute albums: Dub Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), Lonely Hearts Dub Band (The Beatles) and Thrillah (Michael Jackson).

No strangers to the UK live circuit, Easy Star All-Stars make their keenly anticipated return with an extensive run of headline shows, kicking off on July 1 with a date at Sheffield’s O2 Academy 2 and taking in Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on July 17.

Expressing the New York-based band’s love of playing the UK, Lem Oppenheimer a co-founder of the Easy Star label and manager of the Easy Star All-Stars said: “The UK is like a second home to us. We’ve been playing here since 2004 and have had so many different experiences along the way.

“We’ve done so many different great festivals from our three stage/three day triumph at Glastonbury in 2009 to Bestival to Beautiful Days and everything in between. The band has been through floods in Wales and riots in Birmingham and is always ready for more exploration of the Kingdom.”