Dec. 8 - Thom Yorke of Radiohead and 3D of Massive Attack dj at secret gig for Occupy London. Cindy Martin reports.
The music may not be typical Radiohead but the band's political activism remains as strong as ever. In the depths of a disused warehouse, formerly owned by UBS bank, frontman Thom Yorke and Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja threw their support behind Occupy London. Yorke and Del Naja took to the decks to treat the 200-strong crowd. It was the musicians' way of thanking the financial campaigners for taking on the banking system. Press officer for activists Ronan McNern says they didn't court the musicians, but Yorke contacted them. SOUNDBITE: Ronan Mcnern, Occupy London Press Officer, saying (English): "To be honest, it was actually the artist, so Thom from Radiohead and Massive Attack, wanted to do something for Occupy London. It's not a matter of us organising, it's them wanting to do something. As everything keeps happening with Occupy people just come forward and say 'How can we help? What can we do?'" The activists have camped out at St. Paul's Cathedral since October 15 and alongside their U.S. counterparts, have gained international publicity. There are questions as to whether support for the cause is waning. But Occupy supporter Catherine Garrity thinks the global press generated by two world-renowned musicians could silence the naysayers. SOUNDBITE: Catherine Garrity, Occupy London Supporter, saying (English): "Unfortunately people, they don't pay attention to politics. They pay attention to Radiohead. They pay attention to Massive Attack. And I think this will get us out to a different audience." Radiohead and Massive Attack are the latest well-known musicians acts to join the Occupy cause after Rage Against The Machine, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons joined supporters in the United States. Cindy Martin, Reuters