Radiohead vs. Aliens | Friday’s Headlining Set at Coachella

INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead performs on the Coachella Stage during day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Being the band full of musical perfectionists that we have all come to know and love, Radiohead members–and fans alike–have reacted with outrage at their headlining set on Friday at the “Coachella” Music Festival. The set experienced a series of technical complications causing the sound the become muffled, glitchy, and even nonexistent during portions of the band’s performance.

Radiohead has always possessed a humble amount of pride in the care, thought and energy they put into each performance–no matter its size or significance to the band’s growth or fame–and this has led us as fans to expect nothing less from the musicians. Those who are given the responsibility of handling the technicalities which allow Radiohead to privilege the audience with a mind-blowing performance should be equally as attentive and careful in ensuring a successful performance as the band themselves, if not more.

The band’s constant unwavering sequence of particularly flawless and passionate performances is what defines Radiohead’s stage presence. The unfortunate and unprofessional glitches during their opening performance on Friday caused the band to walk off stage¬†twice¬†during the show to try to figure things out and get back on track, which then led to lead singer Thom Yorke’s fitting and uplifting apology. “Fucking aliens again,” he said as the band continued on with their set, seemingly unfazed.

That being said, any mistake regardless of its size or apparent significance, will definitely affect the band negatively. Being Radiohead, however, it will certainly have no affect on the passion they put into the remainder of their performance–and that’s exactly how they handled Friday’s disappointing technical flaws.

Even though mistakes were made–be it by festival staff or something more on the mechanical side – the band played on with just the right amount of “Coachella energy” and confidence, that in the end constructed an overall phenomenal performance. This event will be permanently engraved into Coachella history, but Radiohead still remains one of the best bands you could ever see live.


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