Music fans Daft Punked as tour website appears to be a hoax

Mysterious 'Alive 2017' website appeared earlier month sparking rumours the French duo could be hitting the road once again

Fans of French electronic duo Daft Punk have reacted with disappointment after rumours of a 2017 tour launch appear to have been the result of an elaborate hoax.

Music lovers around the world were awaiting news yesterday as the countdown timer on a mysterious ‘Alive 2017’ website neared completion.

The website appeared earlier this month – when online rumours of a return for the robotic duo were reaching a crescendo.

Daft Punk’s live albums ‘Alive 1997’ and ‘Alive 2007’ were named after their two previous tours - adding to the theory they may continue the tradition and tour in 2017.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted a countdown timer running in the background of the website which otherwise only displayed a black background with the word ‘Alive’ written in plain text.

The site’s source code also appeared to include GPS coordinates for eight possible tour venues - Paris, Los Angeles, London, New York, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Ibiza and Indio (the location of US music festival, Coachella).

The co-ordinates were printed alongside the name ‘Shep’ - a reference to a character in Daft Punk’s musical movie Interstella 5555. 

The words “WAKE DATE 2016-10-27” also appeared in the code, however as the countdown reached zero yesterday, there was no announcement and nothing but inaction on the website.

The band’s management have declined to comment on the apparent hoax while Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis recently shot down rumours they would be joining Radiohead at Worthy Farm next summer.