Festival Staff Are Boring; Twenty One Pilots Have Their Set Cut Over “Safety Concern”
As we saw for ourselves in Sydney last month, Twenty One Pilots put on a pretty visual-heavy performance. There’s a lot of running, jumping, backflipping, and – wherever frontman Tyler Joseph can pull it off – climbing. It’s something that fans are often quick to site as one of the key defining elements of their live show, but it would seem as though that isn’t a sentiment shared by all: mainly, those working the OH&S side of things at the festivals they play.
Last weekend saw Twenty One Pilots play the annual BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in the UK, where Joseph decided to test his mettle on an enormous (but also enormously unstable) support structure. Less than half a minute later, security cut his mic, and gave drummer Josh Dun a pretty stern talking to. The incident went down one song before their set was scheduled to end, which makes the situation a little more easy to swallow, but of course, fans were (and still are) livid at the decision nonetheless.
“The safety of our artists is always our first priority,” BBC Radio 1 tweeted after the set. “Sadly we felt there was a risk & had to cut [Twenty One Pilots] short. We’re sad too.”
Recently, the schizoid pop duo announced their return to Australia as part of the Emotional Roadshow world tour. The US leg of the tour kicks off tonight in their home state of Ohio, however those of us in the #OzClique will be waiting until March 2017 to cleanse our heavydirtysouls. Tickets are already on sale, though, so make sure to grab a couple (via the links below) before they all bleed dry. It’ll happen. Trust us.
Watch a video of Twenty One Pilots’ full (…sorta) set at the BBC Radio 1 Weekend below!
Twenty One Pilots
Friday March 24th – TSB Bank Arena, Wellington NZ
Saturday March 25th – Vector Arena, Auckland NZ
Monday March 27th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Wednesday March 29th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Friday March 31st – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday April 1st – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Saturday April 8th – Perth Arena, Perth