Kanye West is confirmed as the headline act for Glastonbury 2015 and will be playing the iconic Pyramid stage.
PILTON, SOMERSET, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS / ROC NATION/UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP/VIRGIN EMI) – American hip-hop star and multi-award winner Kanye West has been confirmed as the Saturday night headline act at the Glastonbury Festival 2015.
A tweet from the festival’s organiser, Emily Eavis, revealed the musician will be taking to the iconic Pyramid stage by proclaiming, “We are thrilled to let you know we have the one and only Kanye West headlining Saturday night on the Pyramid stage!”
West is no stranger to elaborate performances or controversy – in 2009 he infamously took to the stage as Taylor Swift was receiving an award for Best Female Video, grabbed the microphone from her hand and declared that Beyonce should have been the winner.
And he was up to his old tricks again this year at the Grammys when he walked onstage as Beck was collecting his award for Album of the Year.
West is also known for his marriage to American socialite Kim Kardashian – they had a lavish wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy last year and extensive pre-wedding celebrations in Versailles, France.
The Atlanta-born performer has sold millions of records worldwide and seen six of his albums reach number 1 in the U.S. Billboard 200 charts.
One of his most recent singles, “FourFiveSeconds”, was a collaboration with Rihanna and Beatles legend Paul McCartney and enjoyed critical acclaim and peaked high in a number of charts around the world.
West is not the first hip-hop megastar to headline Glastonbury, as Jay-Z accomplished the feat in 2008.
However, Jay-Z’s presence was not universally welcomed as Oasis musician, Noel Gallagher, was quoted at the time as saying that a hip-hop headliner was “wrong” for Glastonbury.
Jay-Z responded by taking to the stage with an electric guitar and singing one of Oasis’ best known hits “Wonderwall”.
Glastonbury is the UK’s largest music festival and attracts thousands of campers.
The event that started as a retreat for about 1,500 hippies on a dairy farm in rural Somerset in 1970 has grown into the world’s largest music festival, featuring about 2,000 acts on 58 stages and attended by more than 135,000 people.
The other act to headline Glastonbury this year, aside from West, is the American rock band The Foo Fighters, who will take to the stage on the Friday night.
Sunday’s star act has not yet been announced by the festival’s organisers.