This past weekend was a long time coming for 100 Gecs: The experimental duo was originally slated to perform at the canceled 2020 Coachella festival, and now, they finally performed at the 2022 fest. That said, their Saturday set ended on a deflating note: In the middle of performing “Money Machine,” their most popular song, festival personnel started removing the band’s equipment from the stage before their sound was cut off completely. After that happened, the duo was seen trying to say something to the crowd, a message that wasn’t audible (at least not on the official Coachella livestream) given that their microphones had been turned off.
Neither Coachella nor 100 Gecs have offered an explanation about what happened. Fans have noted on social media, however, that 100 Gecs’ set started 20 minutes late due to artists performing before them running long with their own sets. 100 Gecs’ set was preceded by performances from Emo Nite and JID.
Speaking of Gecs fans, they were not pleased with how the performance ended. One Twitter summed up the situation well: “so you mean to tell me 100 gecs got invited to coachella 2020, which got cancelled due to covid, then were part of coachella 2022, just to have their set cut short and equipment taken off stage during money machine, their most popular song? i feel so bad for them.”
so you mean to tell me 100 gecs got invited to coachella 2020, which got cancelled due to covid, then were part of coachella 2022, just to have their set cut short and equipment taken off stage during money machine, their most popular song?
i feel so bad for them
— cozyinn (@cozyinn_) April 17, 2022
Check out some more reactions below.
100 gecs started 20 mins late due to earlier artists running late. coachella cut them off in the middle of their set– in the middle of M0NEY MACHINE!!‐‐ in order to catch up on time. https://t.co/Z7wRBHSvxP
— chundler bink (@SpookyBiscuits) April 17, 2022
The disrespect @coachella just showed to @100gecs is real and it's so unfortunate that this happened. 100 gecs are true rockstars and the only reason why I tuned in to the stream at all. shame on you Coachella for cutting their set short
— Alice.chr (@Lesboing) April 17, 2022
Coachella cutting 100 gecs performance mid-Money Machine is honestly such a parallel to hyperpop as a whole.
— 𝐉𝐀𝐂𝐊𝐈𝐄 𝐄𝐗𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐌𝐄 (@jackie_extreme) April 17, 2022
aint no way they cut off 100 gecs during money machine at coachella
— tola (@talabenben) April 17, 2022
NO WAY COACHELLA JUST UNPLUGGED 100 GECS MID SONG
— "richard" (@BryerHimself) April 17, 2022
yeah ok, let bigger artists go over their allotted time, but cut off 100 gecs 27 min into a 45 min set? in the middle of a song? no warning? blatant disrespect.
— wuby schuwew (@pentazine) April 17, 2022