First, there was Bowie, Pink Floyd and Talking Heads. And then, the 90s came round and Radiohead pushed the boundaries even further with their experimental approach to alternative rock. Since their first release, the English band has cemented their place as one of the greatest to ever do it. And now, their music is being given the Candlelight treatment in Perth for what’s bound to be one of the most anticipated concerts to date.
At the 150-years-old Perth Town Hall, hundreds of candles will light up the stain-glass windows and cathedral ceiling as Aquila performs Radiohead on violins, viola and cello. They will be joined by a drummer for the concert to add a bit of a kick to the dreamy ambience.
In 2021, online music platform Pitchfork asked its readers to name the top albums of the past 25 years. Three of the top five were Radiohead albums—Kid A, OK Computer and In Rainbows—and a number of songs from each of these albums will feature at Perth’s Town Hall as candles illuminate the beautifully restored heritage venue.
From “Creep” on Pablo Honey to “Burn the Witch” on A Moon Shaped Pool as well as songs including “Karma Police”, “Motion Picture Soundtrack” and “Nude” from albums in between, you’ll get to hear some of Radiohead’s most seminal songs on strings. Candles will flicker, the gothic arches will be lit up and the polished jarrah flooring will shine.
Perhaps it’s because their influences span decades and genres, from Queen and Bob Dylan to hip hop’s sampling techniques and the electronic music of Aphex Twin, but Radiohead fans are wide and varied. Each and every one of them in Perth are invited to hear iconic tracks from the band’s back catalogue reimagined for a string quartet.
The Candlelight tribute to Radiohead takes place on Thursday 27 October with two performances on the night at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. Make a night of it and grab dinner and drinks before or after the illuminated concert.