Former Labour MP Ed Balls responds to Radiohead’s gig invite

The former politician and Strictly star had previously called Radiohead’s Glastonbury set “dirge-like”

Ed Balls has responded to Radiohead drummer Philip Selway’s gig invitation. In June, the retired politician and 2016 Strictly Come Dancing contestant penned a Glastonbury review for The Guardian, in which he described the atmosphere at Radiohead’s set as “funereal”. Speaking to NMESelway said, “He’ll have to come again when we play again. Hopefully we can change his mind.”

Balls has since replied on Twitter with: “I’d love to give it a go. Surely millions of fans can’t be wrong… can they?”

In his Glastonbury review, Balls wrote: “People around us chat through the songs, openly bored at the dirge-like offerings. And yes, there is a good reason why the large screens sit either side of the stage to help faraway audiences stay engaged; if you fill the feed with fuzzy, blurry, psychedelic pap, then it’s no wonder you lose your audience.”

He continued: “What a contrast to go over to the Other stage and join the energy, excitement and musical wizardry of Major Lazer. It would have had me bouncing on the bed at home.”

Selway has recently written the score for the upcoming Polly Steele-directed film Let Me Go, which is based on Helder Schneider’s memoir. The soundtrack is due to be released on 27 October via Bella Union.

See Ed Balls’ response below, and revisit Crack’s review of Glastonbury’s 2017 edition.