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Grimes Apologizes for ‘Major Technical Difficulties’ During Coachella 2024 Set

"i had a bad feeling beforehand," she wrote on social media.

Grimes performs at the Sahara Stage at the 2024 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2024 in Indio, California.

Grimes performs at the Sahara Stage at the 2024 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at Empire Polo Club on April 13, 2024 in Indio, California.

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On Sunday morning (April 14), the 36-year-old musician took to social media to share a lengthy statement about the major “technical issues” during her Sahara tent performance at the Indio, California, music festival on Saturday night.

“I want to apologize for the technical issues with the show tonight. I wanted to come back rly strong and usually I always handle every aspect of my show myself – to save time this was one of the first times I’ve outsourced essential things like rekordbox bpm’s and letting someone else organize the tracks on the sd card etc.,” Grimes began her message on X (formerly Twitter).


“i had a bad feeling beforehand not having run everything thru the cdjs myself and tho I flagged it I wasn’t insistent. the big lesson for me was a mix of 1 if u want it done right, do it yrself 2 be a c–t even if ppl feel bad 3 probably pretend it’s fine and engage w the crowd rather than spend a whole show slumped over the desk trying to fix software when ur meant to be entertaining.”

At about the halfway point of her 50-minute set, Grimes was forced to restart “Music 4 Machines” multiple times because the track was playing at double the speed.

“This s— always f—ing happens, all my tracks are twice as fast so I’m not mixing very well, so I’m going to keep trying, and I appreciate you being here,” she told the crowd. “There has never been a Grimes show without a major technical difficulty. But yes, it will continue.”

Fan-captured video of Grimes’ Coachella set show her yelling out in frustration over to the difficulties.

In her statement on X, she continued, “I will personally organize all the files next week. I will not let such a thing happen again. I’ve spent months on this show, making music and visuals, and admittedly am not in the best mood atm … But, yeh – next week will be flawless, everything will run thru my hands.”


Grimes closed her note, writing, “Some good lessons learned. Bless y’all. The cdjs were showing me bpms like 370 so I couldn’t even mix manually by ear and the front monitors were off so it was literally sonic chaos on my end trying to guess how stuff was sounding for u guys … Plz forgive me! Love, always.”

Day three of Coachella continues on Sunday (April 14) with performances by Doja Cat, J Balvin, Jhené Aiko, Lil Yachty, and many more.

See Grimes’ Coachella apology on X below.

This article was first published on Billboard U.S.

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