Yorke announced the new band Saturday morning, hours before the group was set to make their debut and perform new music during the Glastonbury Festival Presents Live at Worthy Farm livestream, a five-hour event that will also feature performances by Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim and more. The Smile is scheduled to perform at 11:05 pm U.K. time.
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) May 22, 2021
The project is named after the Ted Hughes poem of the same name; earlier in the week, Yorke shared the poem, without context, on social media.
“We’re truly honored that Thom and Jonny have chosen our livestream event to premiere their brand new project, The Smile,” Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis said in a statement. “Sadly, we are all unable to gather together at Worthy Farm, but alongside sets from other wonderful performers, this has all the makings of a special Glastonbury moment—and one we can broadcast to the world.”
Radiohead have performed at Glastonbury four times (including an unannounced gig in 2011), while Yorke and Greenwood staged a surprise acoustic performance at the fest in 2010. The band last released A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016. Yorke released his solo album Anima in 2019.
Our #LiveAtWorthyFarm SPECIAL GUESTS!
Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood & Tom Skinner – aka The Smile – with their debut performance as part of our 5-hour global livestream.
Tonight from 7pm BST (timed worldwide & Sunday screenings also available).
— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) May 22, 2021