The mind behind Oasis is not all right with Jay-Z hopping the pond. Noel Gallagher blasted the organizers of the Glastonbury Festival for having the temerity to schedule a hip-hop headliner for the traditionally guitar-driven festival:
"If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong."
While the forty-year-old Gallagher sounds positively stodgy, he might have a point. Glastonbury tickets failed to sell out on the first day, forcing organizers to resolicit registration for the festival.
Jay-Z headlining at Glastonbury has been an ongoing story, with artists, promoters and fans weighing in on both the positive and negative side. What remains to be seen is whether this signals that the British music audience is unwilling to embrace an American rap act, hip-hop music in general, or that the usual patrons of Glastonbury want a rock and roll concert and are unwilling to shell out for anything else. Rather than being a huge social commentary, this could be a simple case of the artist not fitting the venue. [Gigwise]