Festival organizer supports Kanye West over Glastonbury petition

Emily Eavis, organizer of the Glastonbury festival of contemporary performing arts describes Kanye as one of the world's biggest superstars and a music legend.

 

Emily Eavis, organizer of the Glastonbury festival of contemporary performing arts, and daughter of the founder of the festival has written an open letter in defence of Kanye West amidst an online petition demanding that he does not headline this year's event.

In a letter written to The Guardian, Emily Eavis supports the festival's decision of making Kanye West the headliner of this year's event. 100, 000 people have signed the online petition.

"Every year when we announce who’s playing at Glastonbury there are complaints and often outrage. We’re well used to that. Scrutiny of our headliners has become something of a national pastime. We’ve had it in recent years with , , and plenty of others" she wrote.

She went on to describe Kanye as a "one of the world’s biggest superstars and a music legend, always interesting, never boring."

Further supporting Kanye she wrote "But I would also remind people that this a man who made a version of a worldwide hit single which highlighted the social issues that conflict diamonds cause in west Africa. And wouldn’t you have a bit of a spring in your step if you’d won 21 Grammys?"

Emily Eavis criticised those who are of the opinion that Glastonbury should only be headlined by only rock acts. "To say that our headliners should be “rock” is, I think, a bit silly. Those acts never have been limited to rock, and they never will be. and plenty of others prove that" she said.

Glastonbury 2015 starts on the 24th of June, 2015 and ends on the 28th of June, 2015.

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