UK’s hugely popular Glastonbury Music Festival announced yesterday that Kanye West is set to headline the event, along with Lionel Richie and the Foo Fighters.
And Neal Lonsdale got pissed.
Neal, an education worker, started a Change.org petition to cancel Kanye’s headline slot and it has already amassed over 20,000 signatures. Lonsdale plea pitch is the following:
Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment.
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 prevent this musical injustice now!
Lonsdale himself has this to say to NME News:
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!
We, Neal? Neal has never been to the Glastonbury Festival, which is why it’s surprising that a Glastonbury virgin is holding the torch for the potential outcome of the festival.
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.
If the Glastonbury organizers have any wherewithal, they’d honor Neal’s request in hopes that Kayne would rush the stage of his replacement, generating controversy and more importantly, a shitload of free festival marketing.