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Grimes apologises to fans for technical issues during Coachella DJ set

Grimes has issued an apology after her DJ set at Coachella last night (April 13) was mired in a raft of technical difficulties. 

Grimes played on the second day of Coachella 2024’s first weekend, but her set was soon engulfed in a myriad of problems, leaving her screaming out in frustration multiple times. 

She apologised to the crowd at the time, saying: “All my tracks are double tempo and I can’t do the math. They’re borderline un-mixable, so the rest of my set won’t be mixes but it’ll still be fun.” 

And now, in a length social media post, the musician has gone into detail to explain the situation. 

“I want to apologize for the technical issues with the show tonight,” she said. “I wanted to come back rly strong and usually I always handle every aspect of my show myself – to save time this was one of the first times I’ve outsourced essential things like rekordbox bpm’s and letting someone else organize the tracks on the sd card etc.” 

“i had a bad feeling beforehand not having run everything thru the cdjs myself and tho I flagged it I wasn’t insistent,” she added.  

“the big lesson for me was a mix of:
1 if u want it done right, do it yrself
2 be a cunt even if ppl feel bad
3 probably pretend it’s fine and engage w the crowd rather than spend a whole show slumped over the desk trying to fix software when ur meant to be entertaining.”  

She went on to stress that she intends to “personally organize” her files for her set at the second weekend of Coachella, adding: “I will not let such a thing happen again” and that next week will be “flawless”. 

“Plz forgive me! Love, always,” she concluded. 

In other Coachella news, Sublime – now fronted by late singer Bradley Nowell’s son Jakob – put on a show honouring Bradley, during which the band performed ‘Romeo’ live for the first time in 25 years. 

Nowell also played with his father’s custom guitar and Mesa Boogie amp and Gaugh played with his OG signature green drum kit marking the first time the drum kit and guitar were on the same stage since the last Sublime tour in 1996 (per Variety). 

Meanwhile, The Last Dinner Party stunned fans with their debut festival set. The British quintet took over the Gobi stage at the annual music and arts festival, performing their hit tracks along with a few new songs adorned in their signature Victorian frocks. 

Elsewhere, Vampire Weekend closed out their last-minute Coachella set with a surprise appearance from Paris Hilton during their country “Cocaine Cowboys” medley. For more live updates as it happens, check out NME’s liveblog for Coachella 2024 here. 

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