Radiohead battle audio failure at Coachella

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Radiohead battle audio failure at Coachella

During Radiohead's headlining gig Friday night, the sound cut out multiple times, prompting the United Kingdom 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.

"Can you actually hear me?" he asked the crowd. "I'd like to tell a joke to lighten the mood".

"Oh good, you're still here", Yorke said later, noting that segments of the crowd had dispersed to other stages after the technical glitches. Luckily, the sound returned in time for the fans to hear them sing the beginning of "15 Step", but then dropped out again, this time for most of the song. "But this is Radiohead, so f-k it".

Given that Radiohead have a series of European dates on their W.A.S.T.E tour, fans of the band are watching every single gig that Thom Yorke and co. play because when it comes to live performances, they're one of the best bands around.

Three songs in, Radiohead cranked up the energy on "Ful Stop" with a purple-drenched, crater-laden display that had the feel of a lunar landing, but audio issues were soon sorely noticeable with jarring bleeps over the music.

Such glaring technical problems are exceedingly rare for a band the caliber of Radiohead - long a critical favorite - or Coachella, one of the world's most lucrative cultural events renowned for its punctilious organization.

Technicians rushed to fix the broken speakers, and Radiohead eventually returned to complete their headline set after a five-minute break.

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