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Angry Glastonbury festival fans launch petition against Kanye

The petition has so far attracted 28,000 signatures Credit: ITV News

The announcement that Kanye West is one of the headliners at Glastonbury has angered some fans of the festival - who have launched a petition.

The petition, has so far attracted over 28,000 supporters.

The rapper has been confirmed as one of this summer's headline acts.

Kanye West will follow in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop star Jay Z Credit: ITV News

He follows in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop superstar Jay Z, whose Saturday night slot in 2008 caused huge controversy before it was deemed a big success.

Now a petition has been launched in an attempt to derail plans by organisers for the US star to perform.

West recently took to the stage to debut new track All Day at the Brits but his performance - much of it muted out - left many viewers disappointed.

Kanye West is an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend Glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment. Let's prevent this musical injustice now!

– petition

Emily Eavis, daughter of the festival's founder Michael, revealed on Twitter on Monday night that the rap superstar will top the Saturday bill at Glastonbury in June.

But Adam Tingley wrote on the petition website: "If he can't even get the Brits right, how will he manage to pull in the crowds at the world's greatest music festival?!?"

Alice McCready added: "Kanye's rap image is not in keeping with the festival's concepts. His lyrics are at times offensive".

Glastonbury's famous Pyramid stage Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Others were more supportive.

Barnye Hunter wrote on Twitter: "I love Glastonbury because the line up is so diverse and oh my how dare they let something other than an old white rock band headline!"

And Kayleigh Quinn said: "No specific genre owns Glastonbury. There's more than one stage. Get over yourself."

The announcement came shortly after West tweeted a series of nude pictures of his wife, socialite Kim Kardashian.

Eavis tweeted: "We are thrilled to let you know we have the one and only Kanye West headlining Saturday night on the Pyramid Stage!"

Foo Fighters will headline Glastonbury on the Friday night Credit: ITV News

Foo Fighters will headline the Pyramid Stage on the Friday, making their first appearance at the Somerset festival since 1998.

Kanye West to headline Glastonbury Festival

Kanye West to headline Glastonbury Festival Credit: PA

It has been announced that Kanye West will be headlining Glastonbury Festival in June.

Emily Eavis made the announcement this evening on social media.

Tickets for this year's event sold out within 30 minutes last October. The Foo Fighters had already been confirmed as Friday night's headliners, while the main act for the Sunday night has yet to be announced.


Glasto organiser is made tourism ambassador

Festival organisers Emily and Michael Eavis Credit: PA

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has become a tourism ambassador for Somerset.

Her father Michael is also an ambassador and the two have been running the world famous music festival together since 2000.

120,000 tickets for this year's event sold out in a record 26 minutes. The line-up has yet to be announced.

Dalai Lama to appear at Glastonbury Festival

Dalai Lama to appear at Glastonbury Festival Credit: PA

The Dalai Lama is to appear at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

In a statement on his official website, the 79-year-old revealed he will be giving a talk at Worth Farm in Pilton on June 28th - the final day of this year's event.

The Dalai Lama is the head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and was traditionally responsible for the governing of Tibet, until the Chinese government took control in 1959.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was recognised as the reincarnation of the previous 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso at the age of two.

An announcement on his website said: "Public Talk in Glastonbury, Somerset, England on June 28.

"His Holiness will give a talk at the Glastonbury Festival in the morning."

In 2013, his Tibetan Monks performed live in the Green Fields at the festival, and held a ceremonial Sand Mandala to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence.

Lionel Richie to play Glastonbury Festival 2015

Lionel Richie to play Glastonbury Festival 2015 Credit: PA

Lionel Richie has been confirmed to play at Glastonbury next summer. He is the first artist confirmed for the 2015 music event. It will be his debut UK festival appearance and he will play in the Sunday teatime slot on the Pyramid Stage, according to the festival's website.

We are over the moon. We've had some amazing performances in the Sunday teatime slot over the years, from Neil Diamond, Shirley Bassey, Paul Simon and many others.

And, of course, Dolly Parton played an incredible set this year. So we felt very lucky to get the call from a true Motown legend asking to play next year.

He's got so many amazing songs, to see him perform here on the farm is just going to be wonderful.

– Emily Eavis, Organiser

I'm really excited to play Glastonbury next year as it's one of the most iconic festivals in the world.

It has a phenomenal history and the alumni of artists who have previously played is incredible so I'm honoured to be joining that club.

It will be a really special moment for me and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I can now say 'Yes, I'm playing Glastonbury'.

– Lionel Richie

Tickets for next year's festival sold out in record time.

Tens of thousands of music fans were left disappointed after the £225 tickets were snapped up in just 26 minutes. The 150,000 tickets were bought up even before the festival line-up has been announced.


Glastonbury Festival tickets sold out in 27 minutes

Glastonbury Festival tickets sold out in 27 minutes Credit: PA

Tickets for next summer's Glastonbury Festival took just 27 minutes to sell out this morning.

Tickets went on sale at 9am but it was announced on Twitter less than half an hour later that they had sold out. Prices were raised to £220 this year - £10 more than last year.

The line up has yet to be revealed.

Glastonbury tickets to go on sale in October

Glastonbury organisers have released details about ticket sales for next year's festival.

They'll be available from 9am on Sunday the 5th of October at a cost of £220 - ten pounds more than last year.

You can secure your ticket with a £50 deposit but you will need to register by Tuesday the 30th of September. Details can be found on their website.

Animal Shelter say they had to check Dolly's owners were the right people

A dog left at Glastonbury Festival, and which Dolly Parton had offered to re-home, has been reunited with its owner. The animal shelter in Shepton Mallet was reluctant to hand Dolly the dog back to her owners because of welfare concerns, but said they were forced to legally.

In a statement, they added that they would be supervising the owner's care. Lyn Southway from Happy Landings Animal Shelter says they needed to make sure the people were really Dolly's owners.

Dolly the dog pleased to see its owners

ITV Westcountry has been told that the dog that Dolly Parton offered to re-home after it was abandoned at Glastonbury was very pleased to see it's owners when they were reunited last night.

The owners who are Spanish and live in London came forward to claim the dog Dolly who was found abandoned in a tent at the festival. The rescue centre say they were legally obliged to hand the dog back to it's owner after the proper checks were carried out.

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