The Glastonbury Festival was this past weekend with an incredible line-up as expected. Some acts included Kings of Leon, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, John Mayor, MGMT, The National and way too many other acts to mention. Needless to say I am quite jealous I could not jet set to the U.K. to enjoy the festivities.
Despite the buzz around the festival itself, there was lots of buzz/controversy surrounding this year’s headlining act: The jigga man himself Jay-Z. As the first hip hop performer to grace the Glastonbury stage, the festival made a move towards breaking down divisions between musical genres. A number of people expressed their dissent towards this, including Noel Gallagher. A hostile Gallagher opposed the decision, arguing that it was “wrong” to have a hip hop performer at a rock festival. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” said Gallagher in an interview with NME.
Jay-Z, not one to let a little beef bring him down, began the night with an acoustic performance of the Oasis hit “Wonderwall,” to a throng of screaming supporters. Shortly after, he busted out the old school with “99 Problems,” (a nod to Gallagher perhaps?).
Go on Jay-Z, brush yo shoulders off.
I think Jay-Z was pretty mature in the way he handled himself, and I think he gave an impressive and certainly memorable performance. Plus who knew he could strike a chord with a guitar? I think this was a move in the right direction for Glastonbury. Why should a music festival be limited by genre? Here I thought music was about bringing people together…It will be interesting to see if 2009 brings another round of performers to the mix. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Click below to see Jay-Z in action for yourself:
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