By Amanda Wicks
Radiohead will be setting out on a world tour this summer, which includes two U.S. stops in New York and Los Angeles. Tickets for those shows went on sale today (March 18th), but sold out in mere minutes.
Thom Yorke tweeted his displeasure at fans’ experience, saying he was as pissed off as they were.
I'm as fucked off as you are . and am only human .—
Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) March 18, 2016
Beyond selling out quickly, Ticketmaster put several measures in place that only served to frustrate those waiting to buy tickets. Whether waiting in a virtual “line” for the next available spot to get tickets–a spot that never came thanks to refreshing error–or asking buyers to answer tricky picture-based captchas to prove they were a person and not a bot, it wasn’t easy to get through to the actual purchasing stage.
It turns out, things didn’t fare much better in the UK. Those attempting to purchase tickets to one of Radiohead’s three shows in London reported that tickets were gone in a mere 20 minutes (via The Guardian). Fans’ complaints echoed what many had experienced in the U.S.
Besides Yorke, several Twitter users shared their terrible experiences trying and failing to get Radiohead tickets, here are some best expressions of frustration.
Thomas Noble (@_Noble) March 18, 2016
Trying to get Radiohead tickets was an even more depressing experience than listening to them.—
Matt Langham (@MattLangham) March 18, 2016
Karl Minns (@karlminns) March 18, 2016
10:00:00 AM: I try to get Radiohead tickets 10:00:10 AM: I throw my laptop into a river—
nina (@smeagolsfree) March 18, 2016
I don't think Radiohead even got Radiohead tickets—
Katrina (@katrinamirpuri) March 18, 2016
Console yourself about not getting Radiohead tickets by listening to the sound of a modem booting up and middle aged men sighing.—
Gee (@BrokenBiros) March 18, 2016
I'm not a violent man but anyone already re-selling their Radiohead tickets for the Roundhouse should be fed head first into a wood chipper.—
Miserable Bastard (@jonny_crane75) March 18, 2016
The queue for Radiohead tickets, visualised right now https://t.co/GZvH417VPG—
Chris Applegate (@chrisapplegate) March 18, 2016
Look on the bright side, we've all saved £71 today #Radiohead—
Patrick OLeary (@PadIllustration) March 18, 2016
Rooftop Film Club (@rooftopfilmclub) March 18, 2016