On Monday, Kanye West was confirmed as a headliner at this year's Glastonbury Festival and Yeezus, people are upset about it! Someone has set up a Change.org petition to have West removed from the line-up, which has now been signed by almost 60,000 people to date, all of them outraged that the rapper has been booked because of his slamming comments about 'real music'. Fans are calling out to Glastonbury to replace Kanye with a rock act. Foo Fighters headlining one of the other nights isn't enough rock, clearly.
This isn’t the first time that the booking skills of the Eavis’ has been called into question. Back in 2008 Glastonbury's naming Jay-Z as headliner was hit with fury - "he's not indie" / "won't walk around through the mud" / "ain't no hippy" was the general vibe, and to be fair these guys stuck to their guns and tickets took a while to eventually sell out.
The following year doubts still lingered, I waited a couple of weeks after they went on sale to buy a ticket - talk about 'Late Registration' - which is unheard of these days when you have to gather everyone you've ever met to help hit refresh buttons on their phones / tablets / grandma's desktop computer on dial-up in unison to be in with a chance of being one of the lucky 175,000 people to get a ticket. Only then to be told four months later that you've paid two hundred quid to be forced to endure Kanye West...
What does this actually mean though? Since Jay-Z gate we've seen a resurgence in the love for the festival, with recent headlining acts as diverse as Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones, Metallica, Stevie Wonder and, um, Kasabian. So you have Kanye on the Pyramid Stage one night - don't forget Glastonbury has both the Other Stage and the John Peel Stage as alternative 'main stages', as well as 75+ venues where you can listen to people performing dotted around the 900 acre site, so there are plenty of alternatives to watching Mr West, and surely boycotting his headline slot would be the ultimate way to let Yeezy know the Glastonbury crowd ain't easy.
Having said that, despite all of the crap that Kanye spouts whenever he's faced with a microphone at an awards ceremony, there's no denying he's an amazing artist and a brilliant performer. See you at the Pyramid Stage. (If I manage to get a ticket in the resale).