Bombay Bicycle Club hit out at One Direction's 'bizarre' Radio 1 Big Weekend performance
The band also had their dressing room taken over by Lily Allen's dancers
Frontman Jack Steadman criticised the X Factor boyband, saying he was “genuinely puzzled” by their set at the free Glasgow festival.
“I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the music but I was expecting to enjoy their showmanship,” he told Metro. “But they all got on stage and almost just had their hands in their pockets, it was bizarre.”
The London indie band were playing among a line-up of predominantly pop acts but, when their tent reached full capacity, they realised that they had been “presumptuous about the type of person” attending the event.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s last album, So Long, See You Tomorrow, scored their first UK number one in February and the group are tipped for a Mercury Music Prize nod this year.
Nevertheless, the guitar-fronted quartet felt unable to tell Lily Allen’s dancers to leave their dressing room when they found it had been taken over for a warm-up routine.
“We were awkwardly standing outside our dressing room trying to get in because it was locked and Lily Allen’s dancers were in there,” Steadman added.
“They almost hit us. It was that kind of awkward moment where we were just the weird people getting in the way.”
One Direction are not the only band to suffer from Bombay Bicycle Club’s musical criticism. Guitarist Jamie MacColl hit out at the “disappointing” Glastonbury line-up at the weekend, revealing that he “doesn’t think Metallica are a very good booking”.
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“My ideal line-up was Prince, Fleetwood Mac and Kanye West,” he told Digital Spy. “I wanted a left-field Jay Z option again. I’m sure it will be great though.”
Bombay Bicycle Club will play Glastonbury’s The Other Stage in June, with other confirmed acts including Kasabian, Arcade Fire, Dolly Parton, London Grammar and Lily Allen. Let’s hope the latter keeps her dancers in their own preparation space this time.
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