Radiohead Fans Left Embarrassed After Mistaking Tuning Session for New Song Is Satire

By Erica Abbott

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Reports that Radiohead fans felt embarrassed after mistakenly clapping for a tuning session at Glastonbury Festival are false. Fans were not “left red-faced” after clapping for what they believed was a new song—the viral rumor stemmed from an unlikely source.

According to Snopes, the fake claim was published by a website masquerading as BBC News and quickly went viral after a London flower shop tweeted what appears to be a screenshot of the report. “Radiohead crowd left red-faced after applauding three minute guitar tuning, mistaking it for new song,” the headline reads. The story purports:

Tens of thousands of Radiohead fans embarrased themselves at Glastonbury festival this evening after mistaking the band tuning their guitars for new material.

many tweets were sent from members of the crowd during the incident, some claiming it to be the band’s best work since OK Computer. One fan described it as “minimalist, but also complex, emotionmally raw, but still able to piush the boundaries of what music can be.”

Fans, however, were not actually left feeling embarrassed because no such clapping in response to a tuning session occurred. Arena Flowers, a London flower shop, shared the silly story on Twitter, accumulating more than 3,000 retweets and many confused reactions. This is not the first humorous tweet the flower shop has sent. They also tweeted Dave Grohl and Ed Sheeran, who they claimed would be playing every Glastonbury stage simultaneously using only mirrors.

BREAKING NEWS: #Glastonbury2017 pic.twitter.com/mkihP4KsHi

— Arena Flowers (@ArenaFlowers) June 23, 2017

BBC News reports that fans were actually mesmerized by Radiohead’s “compelling” set. “Absorbing, challenging and achingly beautiful – Radiohead delivered a typically Radiohead sort of set for Glastonbury’s opening night,” they wrote. Two hours after kicking off their set with “Daydreaming,” they closed with “Karma Police,” whose lyrics “felt like a perfect metaphor for the band’s power to transport an audience.”

Any tuning session that may have happened, however, did not cause any applause or subsequent embarrassment.

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:

Social Media Shares Satirical Story about Radiohead Fans Applauding Tuning Session

And the headline of the year goes to… pic.twitter.com/SiboZ2gFex

— Grant Tucker (@GrantTucker) June 24, 2017

INSPIRING pic.twitter.com/ltWt2FHhwv pic.twitter.com/GXwj6SNpXI

— Ian Dempsey (@IanDempsey) June 24, 2017

what a perfect exemplification of Radiohead. pic.twitter.com/sF0y0guHPw

— Xander the Blue (@xandertheblue) June 24, 2017

pic.twitter.com/o9WwkM17jV

— Mark Sparrow (@Markgsparrow) June 24, 2017

Nothing sums up Radiohead fans better than this. pic.twitter.com/elUuN2HNTv

— Usman Ahmad (@UsmanAhmad_iam) June 24, 2017

Have you seen the satirical story about Radiohead fans applauding a tuning session circulating social media? Why do you think a flower shop is spreading the hoax? Sound off in the comments section below!

Photo credit: Daniele Dalledonne, Wikimedia Commons

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