Glastonbury 2024 viewers fume at BBC as Michael Kiwanuka tells crowd he's having 'worst nightmare' on Pyramid Stage

Michael Kiwanuka performs on the Pyramid Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival 2024
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Michael Kiwanuka told the crowds who'd flocked to see him at Glastonbury Festival 2024 that he was having his 'worst nightmare' as his set was plagued by technical issues.

The soul musician was among those taking to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday (June 29) during the festival's second day of music, and fourth day overall.

Mercury Prize winner Michael, 37, appeared to struggle while performing Solid Ground and took breaks before abandoning the track. He told festival goers to "hold on" before adding: "Sorry, this is out of tune," referring to his keyboard.

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"I’m sorry, like this is my worst nightmare," he said as the crowds cheered him on. He explained that there was supposed to be “a synth thing” and then go “seamlessly” into the next track. He tried again before going back to play his guitar and the song Cold Little Heart.

And those tuning in to the action from home were quick to heap praise on the British singer-songwriter for his performance. @djshepdog said: "Michael Kiwanuka is the real deal isn’t he? Unbelievable." @@dylanbutler__ wrote: "Michael Kiwanuka absolute quality at Glasto. Rightfully on the Pyramid stage."

@MattDBingham commented: "Michael Kiwanuka is a genius, I don’t care what anyone says." @1989andallthat posted: "Michael Kiwanuka is by miles the best artist at Glastonbury." @Westcountryrose added: "How fabulous is @michaelkiwanuka at #glastonbury2024. Such a talent."

The set suffered some unfortunate technical issues -Credit:Getty Images
The set suffered some unfortunate technical issues -Credit:Getty Images

But the BBC ended up coming under first during Michael's set from those not at Worth Farm this year. @simonedens said: "Oh no! Obviously technical issue @bbcglasto cuts from Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka! #Glastonbury #Glastonbury2024."

@Stutheeditor fumed: "Oi @bbc2; shambolic directing there, cutting away from Michael Kiwanuka mid song. Show some respect." @Leedsjohnlufc added: "Shame on shame on shame BBC2 cut away a minute into the song! Michael Kiwanuka #Glastonbury2024."