Palpable excitement swept through the Twittersphere on Friday night (6 July), when rumours of a secret Strokes London show were rife on the social media platform.
In a since deleted tweet from Camden venue Dingwalls, a band called Venison - the name the New York five piece went by when they previously played a secret set in the capital - were advertised to play a show at the canal-side haunt on Saturday night (7 July). Adopting the famous Magna-style logo synonymous with the band, with tickets priced £25 each and only available between 12-2pm the day of the gig, all signs pointed towards the comeback we’ve been waiting for.
Fans from up and down the country descended upon the venue and queued overnight to be in with a chance to get tickets to see the band, however in more since deleted tweets, the venue said at 11:12am;
"We have only just been informed by the agent that this gig is now cancelled."
"The Strokes are not playing Dingwalls tonight and this is just some joker who has put this out!!! Sorry for any inconvenience but this was nothing to do with us!"
"Please note that Venison are also not playing tonight!! Please just go home!!"
We were informed by the rep at 11am this morning that it was cancelled and the band pulled, however we have found out it was a hoax from a booking agent we will be looking into it further.— Dingwalls (@DingwallsLive) July 7, 2018
And fans and the music industry once again took to social media, but this time to express their anguish...
Such bullshit if Dingwalls have let people queue OVER NIGHT for what they thought was a secret Strokes gig and then cancel it last minute without telling anyone in the queue what the fuck is actually happening— Elly Watson (@ellywatson) July 7, 2018
The strokes at dingwalls. Hoax of the year that...— FlyingVinyl (@Flying_Vinyl) July 7, 2018
So Dingwalls are tweeting The Strokes *aren’t* playing tonight, but our ‘man on the ground’ is still in a basement queuing for 25 quid tickets. What on earth is going on? Watch us lose our minds: https://t.co/V9d2TPQKpe— Dork (@readdork) July 7, 2018
Reports have since suggested it was a bitter ex-employee of the venue, although no confirmation of this has been made. Either way, it’s got us very excited about the prospect of a Strokes reunion. Come on Julian and co, whatcha sayin’? You only live once after all…