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Thousands sign petition to cancel Kanye West’s Glastonbury Festival performance


Once again some fans of England’s famed Glastonbury Festival are up in arms that a hip-hop act has been tapped to headline the wildly popular five-day event.

Though Kanye West may currently be one of the most famous music artists in the world, there are some who loathe the thought of the “All Day” rapper serving as a headliner for the usually rock and pop filled festival.

“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world,” said Neil Lonsdale, whose petition to have West removed from the festival lineup has amassed over 100,000 signatures. “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. Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West?”

Lonsdale said he originally did the petition as a joke and that he has no issues with hip-hop as a genre, just it being given an headlining slot.

In 2008, some fans and rock artists such as Oasis’ Noel Gallagher made a fuss that Jay Z was chosen to be one of the headliners of the traditionally “guitar-driven” fest. Jay Z famously began his set at that year’s show by snidely strumming a guitar to the tune of Oasis’ classic song, “Wonderwall,” much to the delight of the enthusiastic crowd before launching into his well-received set.

For all the backlash surrounding West’s appearance, festival organizer Emily Eavis says she is thrilled about his impending performance and has absolutely no regrets on booking him:

The Glastonbury Festival runs from June 24-28 in Somerset, England.

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