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Controversial lineup plagues Glastonbury fest

With three days to go before Glastonbury there are still ticketsavailable, an unusual situation for the annual celebration of pop musicwhich many people blame on this year’s controversial lineup.

With three days to go before Glastonbury there are still tickets available, an unusual situation for the annual celebration of pop music which many people blame on this year’s controversial lineup.

Armed with wellington boots and enough toilet paper to last four days, 134,000 fans will pitch tents and share 3,000 temporary toilets on a 400-acre dairy farm in southwest England.

There they will hope to catch performances from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Leonard Cohen and Jay-Z over the three-day event.

“I would think in the 1990s there were occasions when it got to the point that tickets were still on sale at this moment,” said festival spokesman Crispin Aubrey.

“Certainly since 2001, when we introduced a new impenetrable fence it has sold out every year since then until now,” he added. “It’s been rather slow selling the last twenty thousand.”

The usual excitement that surrounds the festival, which started in 1970, has been overshadowed by U.S. rapper Jay-Z’s headline appearance.

“(Jay-Z) has caused a lot of discussion but we’ve had a lot of people who’ve said it’s a brilliant, brave decision to do something different,” Aubrey said. “We often try to have relatively mainstream people at the top of the bill, like Paul McCartney, and I think it was thought this year ‘let’s go for something different’, like a solo black performer.”

The festival’s cause was not helped when British rock royalty in the form of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher weighed into the debate saying a hip-hop act was wrong for a festival whose roots are in guitar. Jay-Z responded earlier this month by dismissing the debate as “ridiculous.”

“If we don’t embrace what is new, then how do we progress?” he told BBC Radio.

Some traditional Glastonbury-goers are happy about the choice of Jay-Z, saying the backlash against him is unnecessary.

 
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