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Radiohead’s Coachella set besieged by audio problems

on April 15, 2017, 10:07am

Radiohead made their long-awaited return to Coachella on Friday night. Unfortunately, the band’s headlining set was mired in technical difficulties. The trouble began three songs into the set as the band performed “Ful Stop”. Not only did the sound drop, but there were several loud bursts of feedback, as Pitchfork notes. Thom Yorke joked that it was the result of “alien interference.” The audio problems continued two songs later during “Airbag,” prompting the band to briefly pause the set in order to fix the issues. However, just two songs later during “Let Down”, the sound again dropped and the band exited the stage. When the band returned, Yorke asked the crowd,  “Can you actually hear me now?” I’d love to tell you a joke, lighten the mood, something like that. But this is Radiohead, so fuck it.”

The second half off the set went off much better, as the band dazzled the audience with uninterrupted performances of “Everything in Its Right Place”, “There There”, “Idioteque”, and “Nude”. And yes, they ended the set by playing “Creep” (!). The five-song encore was a real treat, as the band performed “You and Whose Army?”, “No Surprises”, “Paranoid Android”, “Bodysnatchers”, and “Karma Police”.

Click here to read our full review of Radiohead’s Coachella performance, and you can find all our Coachella coverage here.

Desert Island Disk
Ful Stop
15 Step
The National Anthem
Let Down
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Everything in Its Right Place
There There
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Burn the Witch

cNo Surprises
Paranoid Android
Karma Police