Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke has said that he’s “f***ed off” that thousands of fans have struggled to get hold of tickets for the band’s London shows later this year, with second-hand tickets already changing hands for nearly £4,000 online.
Massive demand for the three nights at London’s intimate Roundhouse venue meant that tickets sold out in under one hour when they went on sale at 9am on Friday (March 18th). The Roundhouse only has a capacity of 3,300, meaning that the total availability of tickets over three nights amounted to less than 10,000.
It will be the first British dates that the legendary indie group has played since they did two nights at the O2 Arena back in 2012 – a venue that has a capacity of 20,000.
Some complained that the ticket price of £65 (plus fees) didn’t represent value for money, and the reported presence of ticket touts has also angered many who are being forced to part to with massive sums to see the group via second-hand sites like Viagogo.
“Cheers Radiohead for making that basically impossible,” one disappointed fan wrote, with another saying “I wonder if anyone got #radiohead tickets, as they were sold out before they became available.”
Yorke, 47, tweeted soon after the tickets had all gone: “I'm as f***ed off as you are. and am only human.”
The Camden venue tweeted on Friday morning: “Thanks for your patience this morning everyone. We experienced unprecedented demand for @radiohead. All tickets are now sold out.” They had previously warned fans: “We're experiencing huge demand for @radiohead, if you're in the queue please be patient.”
Radiohead are believed to be still working on a new studio album, their first since 2011’s The King of Limbs. Their 13-date world tour will also take in Amsterdam and Paris in May with further live shows in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City.