Jay-Z kicks off Glastonbury set with Oasis cover

The rapper mocks Noel Gallagher's criticism of his headline slot

Jay Z at Hove Festival, Arendal, Norway, June 23. With a entourage of 36 people joining him at the bash, the Brooklyn-based rapper was joined onstage by a ten-piece band, including a full brass section and two percussionists all dressed smartly in white shirts and black waistcoats. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Jay-Z kicked off his controversial Glastonbury headline slot tonight (June 28) with an Oasis cover - hitting back at Noel Gallagher's criticism of his booking.

Before the show started, a montage of clips played, concluding with the recent interview Gallagher gave where he said the Pyramid Stage performance was "not right" for the festival.

Before a huge crowd, the superstar rapper then mimed along to Oasis' huge 1995 hit 'Wonderwall'.

Speaking earlier to Tim Westwood for Radio 1 and 1Xtra (you can watch the video interview below), Jay-Z said of the Gallagher controversy: "You know that sometimes remarks are made out of ignorance. If Noel Gallagher saw me perform and he said that then I understand that - that is a personal opinion and I have no bearing on how he feels � you know � it's just not your taste. But he has never seen me perform - I'm sure or else he wouldn't say that. We will see what happens after tonight!

"You know the funny thing about it with Noel and whoever else - for the most part, everyone's ready. I thought the resistance would be like an old guard versus the new guard but it's really not like that. You know, right now, every single person that I have seen, that I've encountered, that walked up to me - everyone is very excited about the show and ready for it so I feel good about it."

Come back to hear the full report of the show as soon as it ends on NME.COM.

Keep up with all the action from Glastonbury this weekend (June 27-29) as it happens on NME.COM. For news, pictures and blogs keep checking the NME.COM's Glastonbury Festival page. Plus make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on UK newsstands from July 2 - for the ultimate Glastonbury review.

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