Almost 60K Sign Petition to Keep Kanye West from Headlining U.K. Festival
The rapper has yet to comment on the petition
The U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival booked Kanye West for the headlining act of its penultimate night (the festival runs June 24-28). Neil Lonsdale is not happy about this, and almost 60,000 people apparently agree.
Lonsdale, who will be attending his first-ever Glastonbury this year, started a petition earlier in the week to keep West from headlining the festival, which currently has over 58,000 signatures.
“Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto [sic], and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment,” Lonsdale wrote.
“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 [sic] prevent this musical injustice now,” the petition finishes.
Speaking to NME, Lonsdale said that he started the petition as a joke and “was a little surprised that people have taken it as serious as they have.”
A self-described “rock kid,” Lonsdale is careful to point out he has no “beef with the genre” of hip-hop. It’s simply that West, as he says, does not “represent anything.”
“His songs are lyrically appalling,” Lonsdale adds, before noting that “his Brits [BRIT Awards], performance was just threatening.”
This isn’t the first time West, 37, has run afoul of the festival crowd. In 2014, Bonnaroo attendees booed his performance at the festival – and his presence in general, tagging fences and port-a-potties and chanting “F— Kanye” throughout the festival – over still-lingering bad feelings regarding his 2008 set at the festival, which started two hours after an already-rescheduled time, at 4:45 a.m.