Kanye West declares himself 'greatest living rockstar'

Kanye West challenged critics who said he was unsuitable for the event by declaring himself the "greatest living rock star". Florence and the Machine covered a Foo Fighters song during their set at Glastonbury. The Dalai Lama made his first appearance at Glastonbury.

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Kanye West gave a defiant performance at Glastonbury on Saturday night, challenging critics who said he was unsuitable for the event by declaring himself the "greatest living rock star".

The US rapper delighted many core fans with a 100-minute set on the Pyramid Stage that included big hits and new material, but did little to win over those festival-goers who came along out of curiosity.

Wearing blue denim with a white splattered paint effect, West spent most of the set alone on a bare stage under a ceiling of hundreds of powerful spot lights, although he took a trip above the stage in a crane for Touch the Sky.

"Thank you all for coming out tonight, thank you for coming to see me," he said in a rare moment of engagement with the crowd.

West's performance opened with Stronger and closed with Gold Digger, and included a guest appearance by Justin Vernon of folk band Bon Iver, who lurked in the shadows on the edge of the stage as the rapper strode around.

At one point, West sang part of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody -- a bold move -- before declaring: "You are watching the greatest living rock star on the planet!"

The decision to give West the coveted Saturday night slot caused controversy among fans of the festival, which is better known for its rock and folk music, and 135,000 people signed a petition to get him dropped.

Emily Eavis, Glastonbury's co-organiser and daughter of founder Michael Eavis, said she had even received death threats over the booking, but insisted that he was an artist "making the most exciting music at the moment".

Watch Kanye perform All Day

Florence and The Machine


Florence Welch gives a powerful performance. (Reuters)

Florence and the Machine covered a Foo Fighters song during their set at Glastonbury.

Singer Florence Welch and her bandmates treated the crowd to a version of Times Like These as they filled in for the band, which was forced to cancel their headlining appearance at the festival after frontman Dave Grohl fell off stage and injured his leg during a concert earlier this month, reported Ace Showbiz.

Before starting the song, Welch praised Grohl and thanked him for his support early in her career.

"We would like to dedicate this next song to the legend and all around incredible human being, Dave Grohl," she said. "He was so incredibly kind and supportive to us when we were first starting out and we were so sad to hear that he broke his leg because we love him so much."

As previously reported, Grohl broke his leg while in the middle of a show at the Ullevi stadium in Gothenberg, Sweden. He and his band later announced that they'd decided to cancel the rest of their European tour dates, which included a stop at Glastonbury.

Watch Florence Welch deliver a stunning cover of Foo Fighters' Times Like These

The Dalai Lama


Thousands of fans sang Happy Birthday to The Dalai Lama. (Reuters)

The Dalai Lama made his first appearance at Glastonbury on Sunday, spending an hour in the rain addressing festival-goers on how the world could be a happier place.

The Tibetan spiritual leader called for a more "holistic education" from kindergarten to university, which "should bring a sense of care" and help "promote human love". "Everyone has the right to achieve a happy life," he told hundreds gathered at the Greenfield site, an area of calm away from the madness of the main music stages.

The elderly Buddhist monk hailed the "full joy" of the revellers present, and got into the spirit himself by wearing a Glastonbury t-shirt on his head against the rain. He was treated to a rendition of "Happy Birthday" by the crowd in honour of his 80th year, and urged them to "think seriously about how to create a happy world, a happy 21st century -- that's the best gift for me"

Watch The Dalai Lama's speech here


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First Published: Jun 29, 2015 21:36 IST