A news article was published claiming Radiohead fans were embarrassed after wildly applauding a tuning session.
As the Glastonbury Music and Performing Arts Festival kicked off in June 2017, an alleged screenshot of a news article appeared about Radiohead fans wildly applauding a tuning session they mistook for a real song appeared on social media:
The image mimics the format of a BBC news article, but the headline is nowhere to be found on the BBC articles radio head Artist page — or anywhere else on the BBC website. We have found no record of this story in any other genuine news publication. The BBC indeed Article about the band’s performance at Glastonbury didn’t mention awkward applause:
Captivating, challenging and achingly beautiful, Radiohead delivered a quintessential Radiohead set for Glastonbury’s opening night.
The Oxford quintet emerged bathed in white light to the haunting piano chorus of Daydreaming from last year’s album A Moon Shaped Pool.
Two hours and 25 songs later, they closed with Karma Police, singing, “For a minute there, I lost myself.”
It felt like a perfect metaphor for the band’s power to engage an audience.
The earliest iteration of the fake news viral article we could find came from a rather unusual source — a London flower shop’s Twitter account:
— Arena Flowers (@ArenaFlowers) June 23, 2017
Though flower shops aren’t known for stalking Radiohead fans, Arena Flowers’ Twitter account is full of similar jokes. For example, they released another fake news story about the Glastonbury Festival claiming that Ed Sheeran was playing on all the stages at the same time:
— Arena Flowers (@ArenaFlowers) June 25, 2017
The news article about Radiohead fans mistaking a tuning session for a real song at Glastonbury is fake. However, this article brings to mind another awkward musical moment when Ravi Shankar fans actually applauded a tuning session:
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