Radiohead Walks Off Stage Twice at Coachella After Sound Difficulties

Radiohead Coachella
Stuart Oldham/Variety

Coachella is off to a rocky start in the desert.

During Radiohead’s headlining gig Friday night, the sound cut out multiple times, prompting the U.K. group to walk off main stage not once but twice to the disbelief of the crowd, not to mention millions of those watching live on YouTube’s free stream.

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 crowd also let out an audible gasp the second time.

Radihead eventually returned, but even frontman Thom Yorke seemed uncertain of the rest of the night.

“Can you actually hear me?” he asked the crowd. “I’d like to tell a joke to lighten the mood. But we’re Radiohead so f–k it.”

No other technical difficulties plagued the band during their two-hour set, which included hits “Creep,””Paranoid Android” and “Karma Police.”

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    1. Samerica says:

      the biggest sound problem with Radiohead is their cr*ppy music.

    2. Warner Brown says:

      Well, some technician is never working again..I saw them at Outside Lands, the sound cut out once or twice very briefly, and Thom was totally pissed. This sounds far worse, cool he handled it. I’m a musician and that would drive me completely nuts.

    3. mcgwynne says:

      This is news? Only if you care.
      Radiohead????? Really???
      Maybe the sound probs were telling us something.

      • Beestin says:

        It’s at least interesting that they had problems with sound on the headliner of one of the biggest festivals around. Would ruin the mood I would guess if you were in the crowd. I’d be upset if I paid whatever tix cost and the sound kept cutting out

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