They are credited with influencing the fashion style of Madonna but
British electronica band Goldfrapp don’t have much time for the pop
diva or other big acts they will be playing with this summer.

Grammy-nominated Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, whose fourth album
Seventh Tree hit No. 2 in Britain in February, will share the big
stages at two outdoor British music festivals with hip-hop mogul Jay-Z
and Madonna.

“I think her fearlessness is amazing but I don’t have particularly any
admiration for her work,” Goldfrapp, dressed in tight blue jeans, a
shirt and sunglasses that were never removed, told Reuters in a recent

On Sunday, the group — acclaimed for their breadth of musical styles
that canvas anything from pop to dance to glam rock — kick off a tour
of European concerts and summer festivals starting at BBC’s Radio 1
music festival, where Madonna is also performing.

The straight-talking Goldfrapp will also be mixing with Jay-Z at
Glastonbury, which has been criticized for straying from its roots by
featuring the rapper as one of its top acts.

“People don’t want it to become Americanized or kind of different,
where you can’t just wander around any more sort of half-naked with mud
over you. I can see, understand that,” Goldfrapp said about world’s
biggest open-air music and arts festival, which she dubbed “an English

“I understand why people might start getting nervous that it will
slowly wipe out the eccentric hippies ... Hip-hop is really
conventional, I think,” she said. “It’s quite flashy, it’s a lot about
money, money.”

Gregory, who hails from Bristol, England — famed for breeding other
electronic groups such as Massive Attack and Portishead — said hip-hop
was “about being wealthy, wearing a lot of jewelry” and was likely
taken on due to Glastonbury’s ever-growing reach.