Kanye West Defied critics on Saturday by delivering a mind blowing performance at the annual Glastonbury musical festival that was briefly interrupted by a prankster who was immediately ushered off by security.
The prankster, real name Simon Brodkin, wrote on Twitter: “Some people were saying Kanye shouldn’t headline Glastonbury so I thought I’d give him a hand.”
Apart from the appearance of the prankster every other thing went according to plan.
According to the BBC, West’s headline act booking had caused some controversy and his performance divided opinion among the crowd on site.
His performance came after more than 134,000 people signed a petition objecting to his booking, and Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis had death threats on Twitter from a disgruntled fan.
Here’s what the fans had to say after the performance:
“It was incredible. It’s not often you see a guy who clears out the entire stage just for himself underneath a light show and totally and utterly delivers.” Patrick Rennie
“It was a disappointment. He didn’t give it his all. Some of his old songs were very enjoyable. I enjoyed the aesthetics of the stage. It looked pretty cool, but aside from that I was a bit upset.” Shayna Fonseka
“I quite liked it. There was a huge expectation but he played all the hits. It was a good show. He was quite abrupt though.” Aimee Creasey
“It was amazing. I don’t think he needed to prove himself. The people that wanted to see him turned up to see him and the people who were doubting… No doubters any more.” Will Cooper
“Absolutely awful. He played far too much new material – his old stuff’s decent. He’s lost it now.” John Edger
The view from the critics:
“If you didn’t like West before this, he may well have confirmed all your worst suspicions. If, like me, you are a fan, he was as mad, infuriating, daring, electrifying, ridiculous, original and unwilling to compromise as we perhaps should have expected.” The Daily Telegraph’s Neil McCormick.
“Few people could pull off performing on such a sparsely designed set for an hour and 45 minutes, but Yeesus and his unshakable confidence in his own talents just about manages it.” The Independent’s Emily Jupp.
“During the troughs he is in effect performing to himself and even highlights as strong as Jesus Walks and Touch the Sky, which he performs from a crane, can’t elevate this uncompromising set to a triumph when he won’t let the crowd in.” The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey.