"It was not a pleasant world we unwrapped"
Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis has revealed that she received death threats after booking Kanye West to headline this year’s festival.
Ye’s appearance was confirmed in March by Eavis herself, who tweeted the news. “We are thrilled to let you know we have the one and only Kanye West headlining Saturday night on the Pyramid stage,” she posted.
But in what has resembled the backlash sparked by the booking of Jay Z in 2008, some festival-goers have been angered by the selection, with an online petition calling for Kanye to be replaced by a rock band attracting more than 133,000 signatures.
In a new interview with The Times, Eavis, who organises the festival with her father, Glastonbury founder Michael, has asserted that attracting West is “an amazing coup”, but said some of the abuse she’s received has been “just horrible”.
“It was not a pleasant world we unwrapped,” said Eavis.
“I had death threats and stuff. It was just horrible. It was just crazy. It was getting out of control. We had Time magazine, all the American news channels saying they were going to come down. This incredible onslaught worldwide.
“It was quite upsetting because we were talking about something that was so exciting and interesting and fresh and brilliant for the festival. Kanye West is making the most exciting music at the moment. He is an amazing force as a performer. For us, getting the biggest star in the world was an amazing coup.”
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Paul McCartney recently discussed his collaborations with Kanye, describing himself as “lucky” and “flattered” to be working with the hip-hop star. McCartney told The Evening Standard: “It’s good to connect with different artists. The secret is I keep myself very open to suggestions – I still feel like I’m about 30…. I’m lucky that someone like Kanye would go, ‘Yes I would like to work with Paul McCartney’. I was quite flattered.”
West joins fellow headliners Foo Fighters and The Who at Glastonbury, which takes place on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset from June 24-28.