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Fans of Glastonbury Festival Vs. Kanye West

by Photo of Mehak Massand

A petition to remove Kanye West from headlining at the Glastonbury Festival already has over 126,000 signatures.

Fans of Glastonbury Festival Vs. Kanye West

The Glastonbury Festival is a five-day music festival which takes place in Pilton, Somerset, England. Fans of Glastonbury Festivals’ have shown time after time that it is “really” a pop and rock music festival, and that hip-hop artists may not have the most warm welcome. Back in 2008, fans complained about Jay Z headlining the festival, but Jay Z performed anyway.

History seems to be repeating itself, yet again as this years, headliners include The Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie and... Kanye West. A fan from Kings Lynn in UK, Neil Lonsdale, created a petition (as a “joke”) to remove Kanye West from the performing in the festival. This petition already has more than 126,000 signatures. In the petition.

Lonsdale claims that “Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world” and that he should “listen to his own advice [regarding his outspoken views on music] and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving.” Lonsdale and many other fans who’ve signed the petition, feel that the headline act should be saved for a rock band. Lonsdale also told BBC, “I think a lot of people want to go to a festival, stand in a field, all come together, have a sing have a dance. And I think that Kanye and his music might not be that…I don’t like his music generally, it doesn’t speak to me in the same way that a guitar band would.”

On the flip side, Emily Eavis, the daughter of the man who founded the festival — Michael Eavis — wrote in an editorial for The Guardian that, “those acts never have been limited to rock, and they never will be. Stevie Wonder, the Prodigy, Curtis Mayfield, the Chemical Brothers, Jay Z, Gorillaz, Beyoncé and plenty of others prove that.”

Well, just because an angry, outspoken fan doesn’t seem to resonate well with hip-hop, doesn’t mean the festival should disregard hip-hop, Eavis seems to believes.

(Also, who said you can’t dance to hip-hop?! Hip-hop has its own style of dance that comes along with the music…)

The anti-Kanye petitioner is clearly quite biased in his views, and doesn’t seem too open to a different viewpoint. Is it Kanye's music or Kanye's antics that have upset the these fans?

It was also stated that there should be a rock band to headline, but the Foo Fighters are already one of the headlining acts. Aren't festivals (especially in Europe) supposed to serve the purpose of displaying different genres and artists?

Kanye West has yet to make a statement, though it seems like he probably won’t…but then again, he is “outspoken,” so maybe he will?

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