Royal Blood lash out at fans for “pathetic” applause: “We’re having to clap ourselves”
Frontman Mike Kerr had strong words for the crowd at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend on Sunday.
English rock duo Royal Blood lashed out at the crowd for not clapping loudly enough during their recent performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
The pair were placed in the running order between Niall Horan and headliner Lewis Capaldi on 28 May for the annual festival, which took place at Camperdown Park in Dundee.
“Well, I should introduce ourselves considering nobody actually knows who we are,” began frontman Mike Kerr. “We are called Royal Blood and this is rock music. Who likes rock music? Nine people, this is brilliant.”
He then introduced his bandmate: “This is Ben Thatcher, he plays drums. Everybody say ‘Hi’ to Ben please.” But he wasn’t impressed with the flat response, adding, “We are having to clap ourselves because that was so pathetic.”
Directing his speech to a camera operative, Kerr continued: “Can you clap for us or are you busy?” Turning back to the crowd, he added: “Even he’s clapping, what does that say about you?”
At the end of their seven-song set – which featured hits including Figure It Out, Little Monster and Trouble’s Coming – Kerr walked off the stage holding both his middle fingers up to the crowd behind him.
Thatcher also imitated drawing a smile onto his face before exiting after his bandmate.
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Royal Blood making their feelings known about the crowd at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend yesterday 😂
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While BBC Radio 1’s annual Big Weekend plays host to its share of rock acts, its largest contingent has traditionally come from the more mainstream pop sphere. Such artists to perform this year included The 1975, Jess Glynne, The Jonas Brothers and Rudimental.
Last week, Royal Blood announced details of their fourth album Back To The Water, which arrives on 8 September. It will be the first self-produced album by the band.