I ‚ô• Radiohead.

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Everybody who knows me a little bit knows that I worship Radiohead. It’s my favourite band ever [obviously if you have a look at my last.fm stats], has given me a couple of very special moments, made me travel hundreds of kilometers and are huge source of inspiration for me. Thus, having the privilege to taking photos at their first show ever on Austrian soil has certainly be the highlight of my concert photography so-called-career. So this is no review and not objective in any kind of ways, it’s more of an ode featuring the photos I took on that very special night.

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As I said, Radiohead played on Austrian soil for the very first time. That’s only half true. When I stepped out of my car and walked over the empty festival site at 11:30 in the morning, I noticed a familiar sound coming from the main stage. Very familiar. And it was not coming from a tape or a technician testing Radiohead’s guitar sound for the night. It was Radiohead. The whole band.

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Me and ~20 other lucky festival working people watched, amazed. In the bright, bright sun, they soundchecked Bodysnatchers, These are my Twisted Words, The Gloaming, Videotape, (Nice Dream), Idioteque and 15 Steps. Thom danced on stage, topless. We weren’t allowed to take photos, but it wouldn’t have felt right anyway. It was our moment. Having said that, I do have a 2min video and a 5min audio. I will only share it face to face though. Only.

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If you wonder why this text is in English: Reason one is Vinnie, who I met in the photo pit, who is even more passionate about the band than I am and who made my car ride to Vienna later that night ways more entertaining than it would have been alone. Reason two is Amanda from the US who I met in New Zealand and who said that she wished she could read more of the things that are going on here.

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Anyway. The show they played later tonight epic, of course. The only downside was that the festival audience did not appreciate the concert as much as Radiohead and music fans and started to leave after a couple of songs. I cannot really blame them, as festival time is party time for almost everybody, but it was one heartbreaking thing to see for me. On a last note, I want to thank all the people that made this day possible and the people who shared these moments with me. You know who you are.

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Now, please play above to start the music and here to start the 34 photo slideshow.

I hope you’re able to feel what I feel. ‚ô•

August 24 2009 | live and music and photography | | 7 Comments »
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7 Responses to “I ‚ô• Radiohead.”

  1. girl on 25 Aug 2009 at 12:57 am #

    your text made me want to cry. maybe because I am listening to okkervil river, maybe because I know exactly what you mean, maybe because these photos make me almost feel like I was there, maybe because I’d like to thank you for sharing these with us. <3

  2. LailaMUSIC on 30 Aug 2009 at 3:46 am #

    girl is right…a great article!!!!!!!!!!and awesome pics, niko!!!

  3. i_koon on 30 Aug 2009 at 1:24 pm #

    thank you, dear partner in crime. apparently we were really, really lucky. photographers at their shows in prague and at leeds/reading festival were condemned to the far corner of the pit. we had all the freedom we wanted [during the obligatory first three songs]. lucky lucky lucky me.

  4. LailaMUSIC on 30 Aug 2009 at 6:12 pm #

    Yeah, heard that too and that they “forgot” to play “karma police”. well, well, we’re really lucky! ;)

  5. vinzfish on 02 Sep 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    very well done, mate! keep up the good work, and all the best this weekend…what fest is next? peace. v

  6. i_koon on 02 Sep 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    cheers! one more festival comin up this season: http://tinyurl.com/lk9g8h

    nothing to get too excited about, but hey, no one in our generation has not listened to the offspring at some point in our lives (mostly: 12-15ish), and i’ll be seeing them for the first time. so thats something nice too look forward to.

    beside that… autumn is stuffed already. a lot of excitement. and, vinny, if you have time off in february… you should consider a visit in oslo, norway. more on that soon :)

  7. i_koon on 02 Sep 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    oh, and everybody, as i already mentioned, they played “these are my twisted words” live for the first time. ever. now the guys from ateaseweb.com posted a video, it was also linked from the official radiohead website. here it comes. enjoy.

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