Kanye and the Kardashian clan better get their wellies on, as it has been confirmed that rapper Kanye West is to perform at this years Glastonbury Festival.
The biggest annual music festival – ‘Glastonbury,’ is set to take place between the 24th and 28th June. It was announced by Emily Eavis, daughter of festival founder Michael Eavis, that West will perform on the main Pyramid Stage.
It will be the first time that the US rapper will perform at the Glastonbury Festival which has many excited about the event, however leaving others in protest that a rapper should not take the main stage, as Kanye’s music does not go with the festival experience. Moments after the headline was announced, a petition was created by an angered student, Neil Lonsdale, who claims that the festival should be about ‘guitar music.’ The ‘cancel Kanye West’s headline slot and get a rock band’ petition has now received over 10,000 signatures, however he claims at first it was ‘all a joke,’ and was not meant to be taken seriously.
In contrast to this, a lot of people are happy about the diversity of the acts performing this year, and are excited for the event. Libby Mewes, from Somerset, and also an avid Glastonbury attendee said, “I think it’s great that Kanye will be performing, because the whole point of Glastonbury is meant to be combining all different genres of music, and contemporary arts. Kanye may not be an indie band, but he’s a big deal and will put on an amazing show!”
In 2008, Jay-Z became the first hip-hop artist to perform at Glastonbury, which caused a lot of controversy. Ex-Oasis band member, Noel Gallagher felt it was ‘wrong’ to have him headlining the event, as it has traditionally featured rock artists on the main stage. Despite this, Jay-Z’s performance received positive views, and the crowd felt his performances were enjoyable.
Not only is Kanye taking the stage this summer, but Foo Fighters will also headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday, making their first appearance at the Somerset festival since 1998. The rest of the line up is set to be revealed in spring.
Due to tickets being sold out for this year, a resale is planned during April for any cancelled and returned tickets.