Yeezus delivers electrifying Glastonbury performance

Kanye West silences the critics with earth-shattering Glastonbury performance

Over 130,000 people signed a petition demanding Glastonbury cancel Kanye West’s headlining performance. The festival didn’t, and Yeezus delivered.

Kanye performed a career-spanning 30-song set under the glow of a new stage setup that was designed to look like an empty warehouse with low-hanging florescent lights.

Highlights included a reworked version of “All Day”, a rare performance of “I Wonder”, and a surprise appearance from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who joined Kanye for “Lost in the World” and “Hold My Liquor”.

Kanye also briefly covered Bon Iver’s “Woods” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.Another noteworthy, unfortunate moment occurred during “Black Skinhead” when a comedian named Lee Nelson crashed the stage, forcing Kanye to restart the song.

The prankster, real name Simon Brodkin, wrote on Twitter: “Some people were saying Kanye shouldn’t headline Glastonbury so I thought I’d give him a hand.”

But he was swiftly bundled off stage by a security guard and West resumed his song Black Skinhead.

At one point, he left the stage to travel above the heads of the crowd in the cradle of a cherry picker for the songs Touch the Sky and All of the Lights.

The view from the Glastonbury crowd:-“It was incredible. It’s not often you see a guy who clears out the entire stage just for himself underneath a light show and totally and utterly delivers.” Patrick Rennie

-“I quite liked it. There was a huge expectation but he played all the hits. It was a good show. He was quite abrupt though.” Aimee Creasey

-“It was amazing. I don’t think he needed to prove himself. The people that wanted to see him turned up to see him and the people who were doubting… No doubters any more.” Will Cooper

The view from the critics:-“If you didn’t like West before this, he may well have confirmed all your worst suspicions. If, like me, you are a fan, he was as mad, infuriating, daring, electrifying, ridiculous, original and unwilling to compromise as we perhaps should have expected.”-Neil McCormick.

-“Few people could pull off performing on such a sparsely designed set for an hour and 45 minutes, but Yeesus and his unshakable confidence in his own talents just about manages it.”-Emily Jupp.

-“During the troughs he is in effect performing to himself and even highlights as strong as Jesus Walks and Touch the Sky, which he performs from a crane, can’t elevate this uncompromising set to a triumph when he won’t let the crowd in.”-Dorian Lynskey.

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Source: BY ALEX YOUNG,Consequence Of Sound And AfricaMetro's Marvin Marcus

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