All Points East: The Strokes gig compared to 'underwater karaoke' by fans annoyed over sound issues

Show was the band's first UK performance in four years

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Sunday 26 May 2019 10:33 BST
Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. - The Strokes
Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. - The Strokes

The Strokes’ first UK gig in four years was blighted by sound issues, according to disgruntled fans who attended All Points East festival in London’s Victoria Park.

The American band headlined the festival on Saturday night (25 May) in what was supposed to be a triumphant comeback, but many complained they could barely hear what songs were being played.

Festival-goers were filmed chanting “turn it up” in videos shot by fans, while one complained: “If you want to replicate the experience of going to @allpointseastuk put your laptop volume on 50% and stand two rooms away.”

The Strokes performed tracks from their debut record Is This It, along with its follow up Room On Fire. The show closed with a rowdy performance of their most famous song, “Last Nite”.

Yet the sound was reportedly so poor that one compared the show to “underwater karaoke”, and some even said they had requested refunds from the festival’s organisers.

Another video showed people leaving the festival at 10pm, commenting: “#AllPointsEast is a waste. People leaving at 10pm because of sound issues. Unbelievable, this is the atmosphere you've created…”

“#AllPointsEast this event should be boycotted by all proper music fans. Disgraceful sound quality all day with The Strokes gig completely ruined,” wrote another.

The Independent has contacted an All Points East representative for comment.

All Points East continues tonight (Sunday 26 May) and will be headlined by Christine and The Queens.

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