Rock duo Royal Blood have come under fire after a bizarre on-stage meltdown at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend in Dundee, during which they openly swore and mocked ‘pathetic fans’.
Comprised of frontman Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, the Brighton-based rock band were invited to perform at the event on Sunday.
But after being sandwiched between mainstream pop acts Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi, 32-year-old Kerr began mocking the audience and suggested they didn’t know who the band were.
‘Well I guess we should introduce ourselves considering no one knows who we actually are,’ he began.
‘We’re called Royal Blood and this is rock music. Who likes rock music? Nine people… brilliant.’
Clash: Rock duo Royal Blood have come under fire after an on-stage meltdown which saw them swear and mock ‘pathetic fans’
Angry: Comprised of frontman Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, the Brighton-based rock band were invited to perform at BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend in Dundee, Scotland on Sunday
Introducing his bandmates, he added: ‘This is Ben Thatcher and he plays drums… everybody say hi to Ben please.
‘We’re having to clap ourselves because that was so pathetic. Well done Ben.’
Pointing to the cameraman on stage he then snapped: ‘Will you clap for us? Will you clap? No you’re busy. Oh yes even he’s clapping. What does that say about you?’
As the set came to a close, Kerr then slammed his guitar on stage and walked off with his middle fingers in the air to the audience.
Thatcher could also be seen targeting individuals in the crowd, telling them to smile.
Following their dramatic performance, the band began receiving criticism online after a clip of the incident emerged.
One user tweeted: ‘Very disappointed with Royal Blood here. No matter what level you get to, you’re never better than the audience.’
A second said: ‘Man, some gigs are tough and you have to win over the crowd, but this is exactly how NOT to react’.
Not happy: But after being sandwiched between pop acts Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi, 32-year-old Mike began mocking the audience and suggesting they didn’t know who the band were
Disrespectful: He began on-stage: ‘Well I guess we should introduce ourselves considering no one knows who we actually are
Meltdown: Pointing to the camera man on stage he then quipped: ‘Will you clap for us? Will you clap? No you’re busy
‘The arrogance is absolutely off the scale,’ another person commented on Twitter.
A fourth quipped: ‘Royal Blood don’t make music anywhere near good enough to be acting like this’.
Meanwhile, others were quick to support the band.
One fan said: ‘Legends! Blame the people who booked the acts- weren’t Royal Blood added as a “surprise guest”? There’s a reason why they’re playing all over Europe all summer.
‘Them playing at Big Weekend is like a uni lecturer teaching at a nursery’
Another agreed, writing: ‘State of the responses to this. Royal Blood will be co-headlining at the biggest festival in the world this summer.
‘They deserve the crowd to be giving it a bit. Proper music like this is dying now a days. Kids haven’t got a clue.’
The band just announced their new album, Back to the Water Below, which is scheduled for release on 8 September. Their previous album, Typhoons, was released in 2021.
Backlash: And after their dramatic performance, the band began receiving criticism online after a clip of the incident emerged
They are also set to play Glastonbury Festival 2023, which takes place between 21 and 25 June.
Elsewhere that weekend, Lewis Capaldi couldn’t stop swearing while performing at the big show on Sunday.
The singer, 26, delighted fans during his headline show as he belted out some of his most loved tracks.
However, the BBC reportedly told the musician off for the amount of swearing in between songs.
Sharing their reaction on Twitter, one fan wrote: ‘Lewis Capaldi at #BigWeekend is brilliant! BBC telling him to stop swearing. Great to see the set live on Iplayer’
Another said: ‘It’s a shame Lewis Capaldi can’t just sing without all the swearing…’
Before his big performance, fans were left gushing over his and pal Niall Horan’s ‘sweet’ friendship, as the Scottish singer leapt on stage during Niall’s set to give him a hug.
Lewis Capaldi previously said about the news that he was performing: ‘I’m very excited to be playing in Dundee for Big Weekend, I never managed to get tickets last time so I’m very excited to be able to come along and enjoy it as well as playing.’
The music festival took place in Camperdown Park in Dundee, Scotland with over 80,000 music fans attending the three-day festival over the late May bank holiday weekend.
In trouble: Elsewhere that weekend, Lewis Capaldi couldn’t stop swearing while performing at the big show on Sunday
Sweet: Before his big performance, fans were left gushing over his and pal Niall Horan’s ‘sweet’ friendship, as the Scottish singer leapt on stage during Niall’s set to give him a hug
Radio 1’s Big Weekend was originally set to go to Dundee in 2020 but due to the Covid-19 Pandemic it was unable to go ahead.
On Saturday, The 1975 and The Jonas Brothers headlined, with appearances from ArrDee, Jess Glynne, Joel Corry, Mimi Webb and Tom Grennan.
Meanwhile, FLO, Headie One, Pale Waves, Romy, Rudimental, Self Esteem and The Snuts performed on the Future Sounds stage.
The full line-up for Sunday included Lewis Capaldi, Wet Leg and Niall Horan headlining the main stage.
They were joined on the main stage by chart-toppers such as Anne-Marie, Becky, Nothing But Thieves and Zara Larsson.
On the Radio 1 Future Sounds stage was Arlo Parks, Ashnikko, Cassyette,Cat Burns, Inhaler, RAYE and Sub Focus.