La Roux has stated that, despite previously slating Kanye West, she would like to watch his set at Glastonbury Festival this weekend.
The rapper is preparing to headline the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm this Saturday night (June 27), with Florence And The Machine headlining the Friday (June 26) and The Who closing the event on Sunday (June 28).
La Roux and West collaborated on the 2010 Grammy Award-winning track ‘All Of The Lights’, with West also featuring on a remix of La Roux’s single ‘In For The Kill’. However, when asked to talk about her work with Kanye during an interview with The Sunday Times last year, Jackson replied: “No, fuck him! Nobody likes him”.
Now, speaking to NME at Croatia’s INmusic Festival, Elly Jackson backtracked on her initial comments. She said: “I’d quite like to see a bit of Kanye West. And whatever I’ve said about him, it should be good.” Watch the video interview in full above.
Elaborating on who else she wants to see at Glastonbury, Jackson added: “I keep missing Future Islands and it’s really annoying me, but I’m staying on the Sunday so hopefully I’ll get to see them. You do have the opportunity to go out and see other bands. Whether you do or not depends on how tired you are, I guess.”
The singer also observed a difference between the UK festival scene and those in the rest of the world, and noted: “We’re very spoilt in the UK. You can have whole different lands in one field,” adding: “I find that in a lot of the rest of the world [festivals], they are very much what they say they are – there’s like a couple of bands and a bar, and not a great deal to discover – certainly not in comparison to say Glastonbury or Bestival. Once you’ve been to a festival in a really extraordinary setting, it takes a lot to get you to explore.”
This year, Jackson will be joining campers and staying at Glastonbury for the duration: “I want to hopefully just bump into lots of friends, which is kind of why I’m staying. I haven’t really been to a festival and been able to run amok in a field for a while, so I’m kind of looking forward to that more than anything.”
On playing the festival, the singer told how she appreciates the festival season for the crowds it brings: “I think every band craves festival season, because usually you get to, certainly for us, larger audiences than you would if you had a venue show. You just get to play to different energy crowds, in different places, in a better environment. It can be the highlight of your year.”
When asked what La Roux songs get the biggest reactions from the crowd, Jackson answered: “‘Bulletproof’ obviously gets the biggest response, pretty much wherever we are. We play it last – I kind of like to put it at the end, but we still love playing it and love the response we get from it.”
La Roux will be playing at Glastonbury Festival on the John Peel Stage, Saturday (June 27) at 9:05pm, as well as Latitude and Melt! Festivals later in the summer.