Kendrick Lamar has been announced as the headlining act at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the United Kingdom.
Glastonbury, regarded as one of the world’s biggest festivals, regularly attracts audiences of up to 200,000 people each year. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the festival, scheduled to go ahead between the 24-28 June in Somerset.
Compton born rapper, Kendrick Lamar, will join Taylor Swift and Beatles legend, Paul McCartney, as the headline acts. Motown legend, Diana Ross, will also perform, giving UK fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the music icon live.
Representing the West Coast on a global stage is important to Kendrick Lamar. In 2011, The Game and Snoop Dogg passed him the torch at a gig in Los Angeles, putting their names behind the young rapper.
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Hip Hop has always had a strong presence at the Glastonbury festival. This is going back to 1994, with an appearance by the Beastie Boys. Since then, some of the genres biggest names have graced the stage of Glastonbury. These artists include Cypress Hill, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and Kanye West. However, with the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak and the cancelling of events, some wonder if the festival will go ahead.
Coachella and Stagecoach are already casualties as a result of the outbreak, while artists including Madonna and Miley Cyrus have cancelled live dates.
Glastonbury organizer Emily Eavis certainly remained optimistic when talking about the likelihood of seeing Glastonbury cancelled. She said, “After much consideration given the current circumstances, and with the best of intentions, no one has a crystal ball to see exactly where we will all be 15 weeks from now. We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed that it will be here at Worthy Farm for the greatest show on Earth!”