Radiohead’s appearance at Coachella on Friday night should’ve been a dream performance for the festival, but it ended up being marred by technical hiccups. The band’s headlining appearance started off normally, but soon hit a snag once the audio began to cut out mid-performance according to Variety:
The sound glitches began only three songs into the band’s set, but grew much worse during “In Rainbows” opener “15 Step,” cutting out the final two minutes of the track. The band then left the stage, only to return and have the same problem recur during the song “Let Down,” again forcing them to leave the stage.
The glitch affected those in attendance and the millions streaming on YouTube according to Variety, garnering a very audible reaction from the crowd:
Someone at Coachella is definitely getting the sack for this.
— Harris (@simpsonharris1) April 15, 2017
While the band had to leave the stage twice and it seemed like disaster had taken hold, Thom Yorke apparently still had a bright outlook and showed it while addressing the crowd:
“Can you actually hear me?” Yorke reportedly asked the crowd. “I’d like to tell a joke to lighten the mood. But we’re Radiohead so f*ck it.”
The rest of the performance wasn’t hampered by any further technical glitches, giving those watching the show what they were hoping for in the end. If you missed out, make sure to check out the Coachella live stream or hunker down with one of the many fan-filmed clips online.
— Andrea Domanick (@AndreaDomanick) April 15, 2017
(Via Variety / Complex)