West will headline the Saturday leg of this year's Worthy Farm event
Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has spoken about what to expect from Kanye West‘s upcoming headline set.
The US rapper will headline the Saturday leg (June 27) of the Worthy Farm festival this year, with Florence And The Machine and The Who booked as the two other headline acts. The festival runs from June 24-28.
Now, Eavis has spoken to Digital Spy about West’s forthcoming performance, describing his plans as “big” and “exciting”.
“I think he’ll create an incredible show. What he’s talking about at the moment is very exciting,” she said. “I think he’s going to take it big. I can’t say anything – I can’t give anything away!”
Eavis also spoke about the backlash the announcement of West’s booking received earlier this year. Some festival-goers were left angered by the selection, with an online petition calling for Kanye to be replaced by a rock band attracting more than 133,000 signatures.
“You’re always prepared because there’s always controversy with whatever you announce,” Eavis said. “You kind of know there’s going to be stuff, but yeah, there was obviously a lot.”
Previously, Eavis revealed that she received death threats following the booking.
Meanwhile, Emily Eavis has stated that she would “love” for Foo Fighters to headline the event in the future following their recent cancellation.
The US band were forced to cancel their European tour after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg in Sweden. The injury was sustained when he fell offstage in Gothenburg last weekend, later finishing the show despite his pain.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Eavis said: “You don’t see something like that coming and we were so sorry to hear about poor Dave Grohl’s leg. I saw the footage and I did think, ‘OK, if this happens and they have to pull, then what are we going to do?'”
Despite the disappointment, however, Eavis remains hopeful that the band will one day headline Glastonbury. “I would love for them to come back. I really hope they can. Hopefully soon,” she said. “I think it’ll probably be in a couple of years, but it would be brilliant to have them back.”
Foo Fighters have been replaced as Glastonbury’s Friday headliner by Florence + The Machine. Singer Florence Welch released a statement describing her promotion to headline act as an “honour”, adding: “so sorry to hear that the Foo Fighters have had to pull out of Glastonbury, we met Dave Grohl a few years back and he was the nicest guy ever.”
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