Man Behind Petition To Remove Kanye From Glastonbury Bill Speaks, Say’s Kanye’s BRITS Performance Was “Threatening”

Kanye performing at the Brit Awards 2015

Kanye performing at the Brit Awards 2015

Neil Lonsdale, the man behind the petition calling for Glastonbury’s organisers to cancel Kanye West’s headline slot has spoken to NME.

The rock music fan’s petition has attracted over 10,000 signatures since it was announced that the rapper will headline the Saturday night festival this year.

Lonsdale (who has never been to Glastonbury before) told the publication,

“I fought the temptation to scream and instead opted to hurl my iPhone across the room. Two years ago we had The Rolling Stones playing the Saturday night, and this year we get Kanye West? It’s an outrage!”

He later went on to claim that the petition was initially set up as a joke response to the announcement.

“I was a little surprised that people have taken it as seriously as they have. Don’t get me wrong, if it works, then I’ll be more than happy. I’m not surprised its popular though. Festivals are about people coming together through their love of music and song, and creating something magical. Look back to Blur in 2009 – One of the band’s seminal moments – 100,000 people chanting “woo-hoo!” – That is what it’s about.

In response to those who say that his motivation behind the petition is solely about the genre of music that Kanye represents and his Race, Lonsdale says,

It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, straight, gay. If you behave like Kanye, you’ve got to expect some opposition.” “My beef is not with the genre. My beef is with the stage and the fact it’s a headline slot. His songs are lyrically appalling”, he totally disrespected Beck at the Grammys in February and his Brits performance was just threatening”.

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.

“I’m only one guy. My petition started as a joke, and I never thought it would make a difference. I don’t think it would make a difference if 200,000 people signed it. Anyway, Kanye’s a big boy, I’m sure he can take a bit of banter.”

What was so “threatening” about Kanye’s Brits performance Neil? Did you find the blow torches threatening or was it the large group of black men standing behind Kanye that made you feel uncomfortable? I am willing to bet that it was the latter.

After the Brits performance there were a section of fools (including a music executive) who also threw around the word “threatening”.  Yet when rapper Plan B performed at the Brits several years ago and recreated a riot scene live on stage (Click Here to watch), I don’t remember hearing the word “threatening” then. Oh but wait… silly me! Ben Drew aka Plan B is a Caucasian rapper, so of course what he did was praised for being “amazing”, “edgy” and “innovative”, and also seen as non threatening.

Can you imagine the fear if Kanye decides to recreate his Brit Awards performance at Glastonbury, this time with a hundred black men standing behind him and five blow torches.

I wonder if Neil also finds Kendrick Lamar’s latest album cover (To Pimp A Butterfly) “threatening”.



Kanye West gets on my last nerve for a multitude of different reasons, but Neil and his reasons for starting this petition don’t fool me at all.

4 replies »

  1. Couldn’t agree more with the summary of this. Everyone knows what Neil’s real problem with Kanye is.

  2. Sorry but your are just trying to cover your tracks, you never meant for it to be any joke but as the saying goes seriousness comes as a form of jokes. You idiot at home watching telly and becuase you dislike this boy that much, you would throw your phone across the room, that’s the summary of your intended reason for your petition. Anything to do with black people is always threatening, why ? I agree with the latter reason.

  3. Neil Neil Neil…tsk tsk tsk… **in my best telephone VO** The point you’re trying to make appears to be drivel, please try again later.

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