Kanye West was a Glastonbury headline performer and social media is divided. A stage crasher has taken up some of the attention, but all the while, there are the music critics and they are having their say. See a roundup of reviews along with the 30-song set-list and some video highlights of the performance.
Last year all the talk was Kanye West returning to Bonnaroo after a six-year hiatus. This time around, it’s his headlining performance at Glastonbury that, not surprisingly, was drawing notice and controversy even before performance night. Yes, there was actually an online petition demanding festival organizers cancel his appearance and by performance night it had in excess of 134,000 signatures.
And, too, the sidelined Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters — whose broken leg forced the band to cancel their own Glastonbury set — weighed in famously saying that Kanye’s performance would be “”the greatest show of all time” or “a f—ing disaster.”
And yes, there was a stage crasher. Or, as some have said Kanye was Kanye’d, not unlike his own crashing of the stage when he thought Taylor Swift not deserving of the Best Female Video Award at the MTV Music Video Awards years ago, or, his near reprise of the stunt earlier this year at the Grammy Awards when, again, he did not feel Beck worth of Album of the Year. In both instances, he thought Beyonce the deserving artist.
So the stage crasher himself, a comedian, comedian Simon Brodkin, who uses the stage name Lee Nelson, Tweeted after his own stunt, “Some people were saying Kanye shouldn’t headline Glastonbury so I thought I’d give him a hand.”
Despite all the uproar over the stage crashing, he delivered a performance that has been widely praised by critics, grudgingly or otherwise. Here’s a roundup of what’s been said.
“….Kanye West successfully proved his doubters wrong with his smash hit headline set at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night. The rapper also known as Yeezus took to the Pyramid Stage remarkably on time at 10.15pm for an hour and a half set that cemented his status as the biggest hip-hop artist in the world. Or “the greatest living rock star on the planet” to use his own words…….”– The Independent
“….But Kanye, it turns out, wasn’t particularly interested in smoothing out his rough edges for any of the 133,000 who signed a petition asking for him to be cut from the lineup after his headline spot was announced. Instead, alone onstage throughout, bathed in gold light and dressed in blotted denim, he tore through a set that refused to plead for the Pilton’s approval….” — NME
“….The hip-hop giant proclaims himself the greatest living rock star, and his set has a potent ferocity – but there are gaps and stutters, and he cuts a strangely lone figure in front of the vast crowd.[…] But there’s a potent ferocity about his opening performance of Stronger: for all the talk of petitions against his appearance at Glastonbury, the crowd seem entirely won over, yelling along. You can see why. He tears compellingly through an opening brace of tracks: not even a stage invader during Black Skinhead seems to dull the track’s edge. “– Guardian
“….”If you didn’t like West before this, he may well have confirmed all your worst suspicions. If, like me, you are a fan, he was as mad, infuriating, daring, electrifying, ridiculous, original and unwilling to compromise as we perhaps should have expected….” The Telegraph
Here’s the full set-list.
Niggas in Paris
I Don’t Like (Chief Keef cover)
Blood on the Leaves
FourFiveSeconds (Rihanna cover)
Woods (Bon Iver cover)
Lost in the World (with Justin Vernon)
Hold My Liquor (with Justin Vernon)
No Church In The Wild
Diamonds from Sierra Leone
Touch the Sky
All of the Lights
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
Can’t Tell Me Nothing
All Falls Down
Video highlights of the much discussed headlining performance by Kanye West at Glastonbury are below!
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