Royal Blood, the English rock duo, has recently been the subject of controversy following their performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee, Scotland. The band’s frontman, Mike Kerr, expressed dissatisfaction with the crowd’s response, leading to a series of on-stage remarks that have since gone viral.
Kerr’s comments included a sarcastic introduction of the band and a critique of the crowd’s enthusiasm for rock music. The performance culminated in Kerr walking off stage, raising both middle fingers to the audience. This action, coupled with Kerr’s remarks, sparked a variety of reactions online, with some fans criticizing the band’s attitude and others defending them.
Royal Blood making their feelings known about the crowd at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend yesterday 😂
— The Rock Revival (@TheRockRevival_) May 29, 2023
The band’s performance was sandwiched between pop acts Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi, which might explain the crowd’s lukewarm response. However, other rock bands such as Wet Leg, Nothing But Thieves, and Inhaler also performed without incident.
Royal Blood recently announced their fourth album, ‘Back To The Water Below’, set to be released on September 8th. The album’s lead single, ‘Mountains At Midnight’, was shared on May 25th. The band’s new material, which was developed following advice from Rick Rubin, showcases their creative evolution.
Despite the controversy, Royal Blood continues to have a busy schedule ahead. They are set to perform at several festivals this summer, including Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, and a significant hometown show on Brighton Beach on July 29th. The band’s commitment to their music and their fans remains evident, even as they navigate the fallout from their recent performance.