Foals seem to be unhappy with The Strokes’ entourage at Scottish festival TRNSMT.
Both bands played Saturday – July 9th – at the Glasgow festival, which opened to packed out crowds and and unusual degree of Scottish sunshine.
The fair weather made for a carnival atmosphere, with local heroes The Snuts providing an early highpoint during the day’s festivities.
Foals toasted their recent album ‘Life Is Yours’ with a powerful set, dipping into their catalogue for a performance primed with energy. The Oxford group built on the success of their Glastonbury set, before headliners The Strokes breezed into Glasgow for their first set in the Scottish city for over a decade.
Frontman Julian Casablancas didn’t seem too enamoured with the crowd, however, informing them that the band would much rather be playing in the city’s celebrated Barrowlands venue.
And then this happened:
Hey one of the 5 unnecessary tour managers of @thestrokes come meet me in catering & eat my ass.— Yannis Philippakis (@YnnsPhilippakis) July 9, 2022
The Foals singer clearly isn’t happy. Elaborating on this, he wrote on Twitter that The Strokes played to a closed stage, but the Oxford band – who played immediately before them on the bill – had been allowed to stick around. Confusion then reigned over the necessary passes, with Yannis being ill-treated by someone backstage as the festival came to a close.
He writes: “invited us up, handed out stage passes. Asked me to show mine, no problem showed it to get on stage to security & tm he then came over & was berating me for not having stuck it on within the minute.”
It’s indie beef, folks! The Strokes have yet to respond. The New Yorkers recently played Roskilde, amid extensive criticism of their set – Julian Casablancas was labelled “stiffer than a student on a wagon ride”, a quote he laughed off online.