Kanye West Performs in Glastonbury Despite Petition

The sun shone on Saturday following Friday’s rain

US rapper Kanye West is performing a highly anticipated headline set at the Glastonbury festival, following some controversy over his headline booking.

The divisive and unpredictable star is topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage.

More than 134,000 people signed a petition objecting to his booking and organiser Emily Eavis had death threats on Twitter from a disgruntled fan.

Other acts performing on Saturday included Burt Bacharach, Pharrell Williams, George Ezra and Paloma Faith.

The weather on the Somerset site brightened up on Saturday following Friday’s rain, although more showers are forecast for Sunday.

Kanye West has called the petition ‘an insult to music fans all over the world’

Kanye West’s appearance is one of the weekend’s biggest talking points.

He is one of the biggest names in popular music, with 21 Grammy Awards under his belt and 11 million albums sold in the US alone.

However he is notoriously erratic and uncompromising, comparing himself to figures including Jesus and Leonardo Da Vinci, and occasionally launching into long mid-set rants.

Pharrell Williams warmed up for Kanye West with a feelgood set
Paloma Faith drew a big crowd to the Pyramid Stage

At the Wireless Festival in London last summer, a 15-minute diatribe about his portrayal in the media led him to be booed by the crowd.

The online petition called for him to be dropped from the Glastonbury bill and be replaced by a rock band.

But the rapper has labelled the petition “an insult to music fans all over the world”.

And Emily Eavis said most festival-goers were “open-minded” and the petition had received “an unfortunate amount of publicity for a petition from a guy who’d never been here”.

She also recently wrote in The Guardian: “There is no question in my mind that we have got one of the greatest artists of his generation headlining, and we have no regrets at all about booking him.”

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Source: BBC

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