Father John Misty has established himself as indie music’s No. 1 troll, and yesterday’s set at XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia will only add to his reputation. According to reports on the ground, J. TIllman took the stage, played only two songs — neither of which were his own — and bantered with the audience about Donald Trump, why society doesn’t deserve entertainment, and the battleship docked nearby. He then ended his “set” 30 early.
Per CoS reader Tim English:
“When Father John Misty took the stage today, he immediately proceeded to talk semi-coherently for about ten minutes, during which he proceeded to question the crowd on whether or not we deserved to be amused and what entertainment is. This was met with boos from the audience.
Following that, he played a new/improvised ~10-minute song that referenced various things at the festival as well as its own length. He then played a Leonard Cohen cover “Bird on a Wire”, that was requested from the crowd. After that, he aimlessly talked about a battleship that was docked in the river behind him. Then he said he was done and left the stage with more than half of his time remaining, having played only 2 songs (0 of them being Father John Misty songs). In addition, about 5 minutes after his set, while leaving the stage in a van, I saw him laughing hysterically, as if he were incredibly proud of his performance. In addition, following his set he tweeted out the phrases “Pure entertainment” and “Amused to death,” referencing his actions on stage.
Above, watch fan-shot footage of Tillman’s set. While he left many fans disappointment, at least we got some good tweets out of it:
Update: Tillman sought to explain his behavior in a statement posted to Instagram.