The Hives’ Pelle Almqvist cuts head while swinging microphone but finishes gig

”The blood looked really cool but it wasn’t too bad”

The Hives frontman Pelle Almqvist cut his head on his own microphone at a gig with Arctic Monkeys last night (June 2), going on to finish the show anyway.

The Swedish rockers were warming up for the Sheffield band at the first of two nights in Manchester when Almqvist accidentally hit himself in the head while swinging his microphone.

As he revealed later, the frontman’s mic cable was accidentally trodden on during their set by his brother and bandmate, Hives guitarist Niklas, leading it to fire straight into his head.


Though gaining a serious cut to the eye and bleeding heavily, Pelle continued with the show and told fans afterwards that he was doing well and that the band would play the second gig at Old Trafford tonight (June 3) as planned.

“I’m ok!” he wrote. “Was swinging the mic at the show and Nicholas accidentally stepped on the cable sending the mic into my face.

“The blood looked really cool but it wasn’t too bad. I’m taped up and its just a bump now. Let’s do it again tonight! Wohoo!!!”

See footage and his explainer below.


Later this summer, The Hives will release their first new album in over a decade, ‘The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons’. Last month, they shared lead single ‘Bogus Operandi’.

The Swedish rock band will release ‘The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons’ on August 11, 2023, via Fuga — you can pre-order the album here.

Meanwhile, their tour with Arctic Monkeys continues tonight in Manchester and through to the end of June.

See the tour dates below.

JUNE 2023
3 – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
5 – Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
7 – Carrow Road Stadium, Norwich
9 – Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
10 – Hillsborough Park, Sheffield
12 – Stadium, Swansea
14 – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
16 – Emirates Stadium, London
17 – Emirates Stadium, London
18 – Emirates Stadium, London
20 – Malahide Castle, Dublin
25 – Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

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