Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would headline UK’s massive Glastonbury Festival this summer, joining already-announced acts Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie. This apparently doesn’t sit so well with a few thousand potential attendees. As NME points out, a British fan named Lonsdale (who has, he admits, never actually been to Glastonbury) has started an online petition to kick Kanye off of the bill to make room for “a rock band.” As I’m writing this, more than 16,000 fans have signed the petition. Here are Lonsdale’s demands:
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.
Kanye has been very outspoken on his views on music….he should listen to his own advice and pass his headline slot on to someone deserving!
Lets prevent this musical injustice now!
Talking to NME, this young man has laid out his objections to Kanye West’s general existence, which include “lyrically appalling,” “totally disrespected Beck,” and “his Brits performance was just threatening.” The best part: “Glastonbury needs upbeat major artists. Glastonbury is an institution. It is expected that it has the biggest names. The biggest performers. Kanye does not represent that.”
The last time people made a fuss about a rapper headlining Glasto, this glorious thing happened. Hopefully, this ridiculousness will push Kanye to similar levels of grand-scale badassery.