If there was ever any doubt that Kanye would deliver an iconic Saturday night slot, then tonight he stuck two fingers up to the douchebags, the arseholes and the scumbags, to quote 2010 hit ‘Runaway’, and delivered something truly majestic. Here’s how it looked. All hail Yeezus.
After one of the most talked about build ups in recent Glastonbury history, Kanye West topped the Pyramid Stage tonight to try and prove the 130,000-strong petition that tried to stop him playing wrong.
Entering at 10.15pm after a heaving set from Pharrell, Kanye drew a huge crowd and came on to the strains of ‘Stronger’. As the Daft Punk chorus rang out, the cheers were massive.
Kanye’s set up was brilliantly minimal. On a bare stage, a huge layer of lights were lowered to half way up, projecting white beams as Kanye stalked the Pyramid.
With smoke covering the stage, Kanye launched into ‘Power’ and Watch The Throne track ‘Niggas In Paris’ to a universally huge reaction.
During an early run through of ‘Black Skinhead’, a stage invader who was later identified as comedian Lee Nelson ran across the stage and was escorted off by security. Kanye carried on regardless.
Running through material from his back catalogue, West introduced ‘Theraflu’ with a clip of MOP’s ‘Cold As Ice’ before dropping a cover of Chief Keef’s ‘Don’t Like’.
Bringing out hits including ‘New Slaves’ and ‘Blood On The Leaves’, Kanye then dedicated ‘Lost In America’ to his wife Kim Kardashian. “When I was working on [2010 album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’] I was trying to explain to this girl how much I loved her,” he said. “I wrote her an email that said “you’re my heaven, you’re my hell” and she ended up being my wife.”
Bon Iver (aka Justin Vernon) joined West onstage for a cover of his track ‘Woods’ and West’s ‘Lost In The World’ as Kanye praised him as “one of the most bad-ass white men alive”.
The hits continued with ‘Jesus Walks’ and ‘Bound 2’, before Kanye stopped the set briefly during ‘Touch The Sky’ to give the most iconic moment of the festival so far…
Re-appearing on a crane platform raised above the audience’s heads, West continued to finish the track and stayed up there as the elevated stage moved forward into the crowd, following up with ‘All Of The Lights’.
Returning to the stage for an encore that began with a cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Kanye finished a triumphant show with a sing-along ‘Gold Digger’ and ‘All Falls Down’. Ever the shy and retiring type, he declared himself “the greatest living rock star on the planet” before disappearing into a haze of smoke and lights. Job done.