Royal Blood singer under fire after branding Dundee crowd 'pathetic'

Mike Kerr said 'no-one actually knows who we are' and left the stage with his middle fingers up.

Royal Blood singer under fire after branding Dundee crowd ‘pathetic’ @TheRockRevival_

Royal Blood lead singer Mike Kerr has come under fire after branding the crowd at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Dundee “pathetic”.

Kerr departed the stage with his middle fingers in the air after performing on Sunday in the city’s Camperdown Park.

The frontman, 32, said: “Well, I guess I should introduce ourselves seeing as no-one actually knows who we are.

“We’re called Royal Blood and this is rock music. Who likes rock music? Nine people, brilliant.”

Introducing drummer Ben Thatcher to the crowd, he said: “We’re having to clap ourselves because that was so pathetic. Well done, Ben.”

At one point Kerr addressed the side-of-stage camera operator asking him to clap for the duo.

He said: “Yes, even he’s clapping”, before turning to the crowd and adding: “What does that say about you?”

The band’s performance was removed from the BBC’s online coverage of the festival.

However, a video of Kerr has since been widely shared on Twitter by The Rock Revival, with over 18 million views.

The account said: “I think they’re great but they shouldn’t be taking it out on the crowd. The organisers put them between Niall Horan and Lewis Capaldi.”

The three-day event, which also included The 1975, Wet Leg and Niall Horan, was praised for bringing an economic and cultural boost to Dundee.

Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “This was an absolutely fantastic experience for everyone who attended and Dundee really put on a show to remember over three days.”

Royal Blood and the BBC have been approached for comment.