Radiohead headlined the opening night of Coachella on Friday, and actually left the stage twice when recurring sound problems and technical glitches continually interrupted the band’s set.
As Pitchfork reports, the problems began three songs in and continued throughout the band’s headlining set, as the sound dropped out completely at some points while loud, roaring feedback erupted from the sound system at others.
The technical problems affected not only the live show, but also the livestream of the show. “F***in’ aliens again,” said Radiohead front man Thom Yorke to the crowd after the first sound dropout, which took place while the band played “Ful Stop”.
The sound dropped out completely again while they performed “15 Step”, reports Pitchfork, with the audio outage lasting for most of the song until the stage went dark and the band left until the sound problems could be fixed.
After a break, the band returned and attempted to play “The National Anthem”, which was marred by more sound problems, yet the band continued with the set.
Toward the end of “Let Down”, however, the main stage speakers fell silent, and the band abandoned the stage for a second time.
When Radiohead returned — again— Yorke asked the crowd, “Can you actually hear me now?”
He added: “I’d love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that. But this is Radiohead, so f*** it.”
Launching into their hit “Creep” Yorke half-joked: “Something funny happened on the way to the festival tonight… oh, no it didn’t.”
Fans at the show were not happy with the persistent sound problems, and took to social media to blast the Coachella sound techs.