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BBC viewers turn off Blondie at Glastonbury after making same complaint about Axl Rose

Many described the quality as 'poor' and 'terrible'


By Shannon Brown – 25th June 2023 18:05

Debbie Harry and Blondie perform on stage during Day 5 of Glastonbury Festival 2023 (Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Glastonbury audiences have complained of yet more sound issues during coverage of the festival, with some viewers reportedly turning over from Blondie during the rock band’s Sunday afternoon set (June 25). Viewers watching BBC’s televised coverage claimed they could not hear singer Debbie Harry against the rest of the band.

It comes after similar complaints made about Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose during the band’s headline set on the Pyramid Stage last night (June 24). While viewers at home have made similar complaints about some acts on the main stage through the festival, others appear to have escaped the ‘mic issues’ plaguing the stage.

One viewer made similar comments about the Arctic Monkeys, who headlined on Friday (June 23), but home audiences seem to have been able to hear Lewis Capaldi, Texas, Rick Astley. Some fans took to social media saying the instruments are too loud.

One fan said: “Love Blondie but the sound is poor quality for them.” Someone else said: “Sound is awful here for Blondie, backing music way too loud and can’t hear any vocals.”

Another person added: “Blondie coming up soon on Glastonbury 2023 another blast from decades ago. One major complaint from tv viewers is the sound from the vocalists. It’s not been the best, hopefully it’s been a lot better for the live audience?”

“Sadly had to turn off Blondie. The sound is terrible. I can’t put up with that for another hour,” said another disappointed viewer.

Viewers will be hoping the rest of tonight’s acts will be free from mic issues as they eagerly await headline performer Sir Elton John’s Glastonbury debut set. The popstar is expected to take the stage at 9pm and fans have been attempting to guess who the Rocketman singer will have join him as a guest.

Taron Egerton, who depicted Sir Elton in a biopic film, has been spotted at the festival, while Britney Spears has reportedly been seen at Bristol Airport. Dave Grohl has, of course, already guested for two acts following Foo Fighters set on Friday – as drummer for The Pretenders and guitarist alongside Slash in Guns N Roses – and may make another surprise appearance.


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