Royal Blood Mike Kerr criticised over labelling Radio 1’s Big Weekend crowd as “pathetic”

Musician Mike Kerr left social media users in a furry after lashing out at Radio 1’s Big Weekend audience.

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Royal Blood singer Mike Kerr has been criticised for lashing out at Radio 1’s Big Weekend crowd and storming off stage at the music festival on Saturday, May 28.

The Brighton-based rock band - formed of frontman Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher - were among the line-up of musicians who performed at the event in Dundee in Scotland. 

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At the end of their performance, Mike Kerr addressed the audience and called them out for what he perceived to be a lack of enthusiasm.

He said: “Well, I guess I should introduce ourselves seeing as no one actually knows who we are,” the 32-year-old said. “We’re called Royal Blood and this is rock music. Who likes rock music?

“Nine people, brilliant. This is Ben Thatcher, he plays drums, everybody say hi to Ben, please. We’re having to clap ourselves because that was so pathetic. Well done, Ben.”

Speaking to a cameraman, Kerr asked: “Will you clap for us? You clap? You’re busy. Can you clap? Yes, even he’s clapping.” Turning to the crowd again, he asked: “What does that say about you?”

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After calling out the audience, the musician walked off-stage sticking up his middle fingers to the audience.

Royal Blood criticised fans in attendance at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Dundee - Credit: GettyRoyal Blood criticised fans in attendance at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Dundee - Credit: Getty
Royal Blood criticised fans in attendance at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in Dundee - Credit: Getty

Fans have since slammed Kerr over his “cringe” actions. On social media, one person said: "Impressively cringe behaviour from @royalblooduk”.

The band Lottery Winners tweeted: “Man, some gigs are tough and you have to win over the crowd, but this is exactly how NOT to react.”

A third person added:“Very disappointed with Royal Blood here. No matter what level you get to, you’re never better than the audience.”