Rapper Kanye West headlining Glastonbury this year has caused a public outcry. One of the most talked about festivals in the world will be taking place in June. Fans were so outraged that a change.org petition has been created after the announcement that West will headline the Saturday night of this year's festival. Over 50,000 people have signed the online petition, which read: "Kanye West is an insult to #Music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment" and " Let's prevent this musical injustice now!"
Glastonbury festival was created after Jimi Hendrix died, in 1970, by organiser Michael Eavis. It was influenced by the hippy, counterculture and free movements since the early 1970's, and it has evolved and embraced all different genres of music such as Blues, Dance and Reggae. Now, due to the media coverage, people often associate the festival with young, white middle class people rolling in mud, lots of rain, groups of people excited to see their favourite rock musicians.
According to the Daily Mirror, Glastonbury Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood said, "it is the home of rock music, and Kanye isn't rock."
In the past, there have been many successful singers that previously performed at the Glastonbury and were non rock musicians, like Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. Last year artists such as De la soul, Black Eyed Peas and Rudimental were at the festival, as it is seen as an umbrella for all successful artist in the world to showcase their work. According to Emily Eavis, the organiser daughter, "To say that the headliner should be rock is, I think, a bit silly. Those acts were never limited to rock, and hey never will be."
The festival has never been about playing it safe and when Beyonce and Jay Z performed at the event they faced a lot of criticism. However, when it was televised, it showed how people embraced them and all the fuss was forgotten about. It will be interesting to see if the controversy rapper gets a roar of approval from the crowd at the end of his performance. #Celebrities #Festivities