All eyes on Kanye West at Glastonbury Glastonbury, one of the world's biggest music festivals, gets under way on Wednesday facing angry criticism from some fans after rapper Kanye West was booked for the prime Saturday night headline slot.
Highlighting the five day event's popularity, 150,000 tickets costing STG225($A459) each sold out in just 26 minutes when they went on sale in October before the line up at Worthy Farm in Somerset, southwest England, was announced. In total, 175,000 people will attend Glastonbury, which started in 1970 when admission was one pound sterling including free milk from the farm and featured hundreds of performances on dozens of stages from the mainstream to the downright bizarre. But the presence of outspoken "Gold Digger" star West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, has sparked controversy at an event known for its hippie roots. Nearly 135,000 people have signed a petition to get him dropped. The online prices on ray ban sunglasses petition against West who has sold over 100 million downloads and albums worldwide and won 21 Grammy Awards, but is often criticised for self aggrandising comments says he should be kicked off the bill and replaced by "a rock band". "Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world," the petition reads. "We spend hundreds of pounds to attend Glasto (the festival's nickname), and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment." Emily Eavis, Glastonbury's co organiser and daughter of founder Michael Eavis, said she had even received death threats over the booking but defended the choice of West. West is not the first US hip hop star to headline Glastonbury. In 2008, Jay Z attracted similar objections but drew one of the festival's largest ever crowds and won rave reviews. Preparations for the festival were hit ray ban 5150 last week by the withdrawal of Foo Fighters from the Friday night headline slot after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg by falling off stage while performing in Gothenburg, Sweden. Florence + The Machine were swiftly promoted up the bill to replace them. Other big names set to perform include The Who, Pharrell Williams, Motorhead, Mary J Blige, Mark Ronson, Lionel Richie, Patti Smith, The Chemical Brothers, Alabama Shakes and Hozier. For many people, Glastonbury is about more ray ban rb3321 than just the music, with a wealth of areas on the four square kilometre site devoted to everything from circus to cabaret and even a "free university". The festival has kept its traditional political activist tinge even as it has evolved into a major business over the years.
Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot will be holding a discussion event on one of the stages, while charities Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid receive a donation from organisers and have volunteers on site. This year, youngsters will be treated to a special guest appearance by physicist and mathematician Professor Stephen Hawking in the Kidz Field area. Festival goers this year will be relieved to note that conditions are forecast to be mostly dry the area shop ray ban sunglasses online often becomes a mudbath because of heavy rain.
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