Rapper Kanye West soars at Glastonbury Festival

Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:38pm EDT
 
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By Paul Sandle

GLASTONBURY, England (Reuters) - Kanye West delivered an uncompromising headline performance at Glastonbury Festival on Saturday that ignited when the U.S. rapper left the Pyramid Stage to take to the sky for hits "Touch The Sky" and "All of the Lights".

West was the polarizing figure of Europe's biggest green-field festival, and the announcement of his appearance prompted thousands to sign a petition against the choice of a rap act for the top billing.

The multi-talented West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, proved the doubters wrong by attracting a large audience who knew the words to many of his tracks.

He opened his set with "Stronger", performed under a low lighting rig that compounded the intensity of his rapping.

Later "Touch the Sky" was abandoned a few bars in, only to restart with West high above the stage in a breathtaking moment of theater.

West, whose ego is as well known as his songs, did not launch into any monologues, a feature of some performances, but he did proclaim: "You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet".

Kieran Brooks, 21, agreed, saying the performance was "absolutely incredible", although he added that West pitched the show at existing fans.

Pharrell Williams earlier in the evening had a huge crowd dancing and jumping to hits "Blurred Lines" and "Get Lucky".   Continued...

 
Kanye West performs on the Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 27, 2015.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez