Oasis guitarist and vocalist Noel Gallagher has criticised the decision to have a hip hop act as the headline for the Glastonbury Festival.

He said having rapper Jay-Z at the festival is the reason it has not sold out this year.

He also said the event’s organisers had changed things too much and that it was “wrong” to have a hip hop headline act.

There were 100,000 tickets sold for Glastonbury on the first day, but in past years all tickets had sold out in a matter of hours.

Gallagher said: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

“If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.”(Source)

I agree with Noel. The Glastonbury festival has always been about featuring Rock/Indie bands. Having a Hip Hop headliner (Jay-Z in particular) makes no sense to me. 

The organiser’s seemed desperate to do something different this year, by featuring a ‘black American’ headliner. But it’s blown up in their faces.

Sources have also said that Jay-Z may no longer perform at the festival because of the backlash.

“He hasn’t liked all this talk of how Glastonbury is more urban and hip this year because of his appearance. He feels it’s a bit sad and he’s being used to make a point. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when he was blamed for the lower registration for tickets and subsequent sales.”

4 replies »

  1. If Jays smart he will pull out..people will buy tickets just to bottle him a la 50 style at the Reading Festival.

    I can’t beleive Glastonbury thought this was a good idea. Mid age crisis is serious and blokes in charge of entertainment at that stage in their life are bl**dy dangerous!lol!

  2. Well organiser/founder Michael Eavis wanted to make the event more “urban”, more “hip”. IDIOT!

    Glastonbury is a rock event, always has been always will be! Give the people what they want.

  3. As much as I agree that Jay shouldn’t headline Glastonbury, I take issue to Noel talking about it because he’s always been vocal about his dislike for hip hop and ‘urban’ music on the whole. He’s obviously not being objective here.

  4. There’s plenty of stages with stuff to do, loads of different styles on show, to call it a indie/rock festival is a bit single minded. Obviously rock and indie acts are the most popular styles in the minds of many festival goers, but we all like different things. If they’d got Public Enemy instead of Jay Z would things be different? Basement Jaxx have played, Chemical Brothers play, they’re technically dance acts.

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