Schizoid Pop duo twenty one pilots have proven to be too real for the man over the weekend at BBC 1 Radio’s Big Weekend festival. The pair’s set was suddenly cut short due to what organisers described as “safety concerns” with video from the night (below) kinda, sorta backing that up.
Frontman Tyler Joseph has a penchant for climbing tall, oft-unstable staging equipment. The act is adored by their intimidating fan base, but as footage from the Big Weekend shows, a huge, goddamn hurricane of lawsuits waiting to happen for anyone with liability.
In the footage it appears that Tyler Joseph’s microphone was cut off as he scaled the scaffolding while his somewhat confused bandmate Josh Dun ceases playing the drums.
“The safety of our artists is always our first priority,” BBC Radio 1 later wrote on Twitter. “Sadly we felt there was a risk & had to cut @twentyonepilots short. We’re sad too.”
Fans have berated the broadcaster’s decision for ending the performance during the wind-down of huge fan favourite Car Radio. “The world isn’t ready for twenty one pilots just yet” one such fan cried, with others pointing out, and validly so, that so called ‘safety concerns’ are a regular part of the show.
To their credit, the boys copped it like champs, walking to the stage and taking a bow.
Twenty One Pilots will be returning to Australian shores next year for a headline run of our arenas. Damn…there are some tall friggin things to climb at arenas…
WATCH: Twenty One Pilots BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend set cut show
The safety of our artists is always our first priority. Sadly we felt there was a risk & had to cut @twentyonepilots short. We’re sad too
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) May 28, 2016
just shows that the world isn't ready for twenty one pilots just yet
— katya (@palebeneath) May 28, 2016
twenty one pilots Australian Tour Dates
Monday, 27th March
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Tickets: Live Nation
Wednesday, 29th March
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Friday, March 31
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, 1st April
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney (previously Allphones Arena)
Saturday, 8th April
Perth Arena, Perth
Photos by Annette Geneva