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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Noel Gallagher: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It’s wrong.”

posted by on April 15 at 14:30 PM


LONDON - Organizers of one of Britain’s best-known music festivals on Tuesday defended their decision to book Jay-Z as their headline act after Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher blamed the U.S. rapper for disappointing ticket sales.

The outdoor Glastonbury festival is a cornerstone of Britain’s music calendar. But this year’s festival has yet to sell out, in contrast to past years when tickets were snapped up within hours.

Gallagher, whose band headlined the festival in 1995 and 2004, said rap was to blame.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Gallagher said in an interview, an audio of which was posted to the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Web site Monday. “If you break it, people ain’t gonna go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? … No chance.” He explained that the inclusion of a hip-hop act went against the festival’s tradition of guitar music, adding: “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. No way. No. It’s wrong.”

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i have to agree. this was a terrible idea.

Posted by terry miller | April 15, 2008 2:34 PM

fuck him and Perry Farrell

Posted by lar | April 15, 2008 2:34 PM

Noel's playing a little game with the press. It's called "say something completely ridiculous in hopes the press will pay attention to his painfully irrelevant third-rate Beatles cover band."


Posted by Jeff | April 15, 2008 2:41 PM

Or, as Idolator phrased it yesterday: "Gallagher Brother Goes "Veiled Racism" Route In Effort To Get Back Into News (And It Works!)"

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 15, 2008 2:49 PM

He'll never top "Wonderwall".

Posted by Gabriel | April 15, 2008 3:26 PM

he can't be this dumb.....he did that joke song on the british office holiday special dvd w ricky gervais!

Posted by ndrwmtsn | April 15, 2008 3:31 PM

don't you mean he'll never top 'revolver'?

Posted by cosby | April 15, 2008 3:43 PM


When you dis Oasis, you only dis yourself.

Still, is getting on Jay-Z's bad side ever a good idea?

Posted by Kirk | April 15, 2008 4:20 PM

yeah kirk, cause jay z will kill him?


Posted by ndrwmtsn | April 15, 2008 4:27 PM

Jay Z will no longer shout out Chateau Le Frères Gallagher Champagne in his raps!

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 15, 2008 5:17 PM

Well, if Jay-Z headlining isn't the reason for the slow Glastonbury ticket sales, what is? Mind you, I don't give a damn about either Jay-Z or Oasis, but it's still a valid question. Anyone got a plausible alternative explanation?

Posted by rk | April 15, 2008 8:05 PM

Noel's just going for media outrage, just like he's always done.

Anyone hear the on-the-downlow hip-hop album he cut in the late '90s, titled Too Bloke, Too Strong?

Posted by segal | April 15, 2008 8:26 PM

Damn...I was just bumpin "Whats the Story.." the other day. I love that album but Noel Gallagher is an idiot. This isn't the first time he's made a statement like this either..

Posted by Thig Nat | April 15, 2008 9:16 PM

i agree with noel. bad move. it's not racist at all, gimme a f$%^in break. drop the elitist music snobbery – definitely, maybe and what's the story... are absolute undeniable classics. you know it's true. you'll be more comfortable to admit it in 5 years.

Posted by ryko72 | April 15, 2008 10:55 PM

Noel's head looks like it was photoshopped onto a smaller body.

Posted by jerry falls well | April 16, 2008 8:55 AM

meh. It's hardly racist to blame a headliner for lackluster ticket sales. Every festival has its own identity. When a festival loses its focus and tries to appeal to a broader audience, blandness will surely follow sooner or later. This is just another sign that Glastonbury is no longer very relevant anymore (and hasn't been for a while, imo).

Posted by rexmundane | April 16, 2008 10:18 AM

Look, he's probably no more racist than any other working class Englishman, but I wouldn't exactly trust him to suss out causality in this or any other situation. One might as well blame the Glastonbury documentary for spoiling the festival.

Posted by Eric Grandy | April 16, 2008 10:33 AM

Isn't the weather a factor? Apparently it has rained for the past three years straight, and people just got tired of camping in the mud.

Kanye headlined Bumbershoot a couple of years ago, and it was the best one I've been to (out of 4, but still). Oasis sucks.

Posted by kebabs | April 16, 2008 10:37 AM

There is absolutely -nothing- racist about his comments.

Vehemently not liking hip-hop does NOT equal racist. It might mean that you are discerning and possibly closed-minded about your preference in music, but it is not a race issue.

If an event sells out within hours for years and one year sales are down when a rap entertainer headlines that just means that those folks aren't into rap. Not a big deal. Let people like what they like without making a big deal about it or inciting irrelevant issues like race.


Posted by stealingzen | April 16, 2008 3:21 PM

Wow. Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields got kicked around much worse for merely not having a personal taste for hip hop (and saying the "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" song was catchy), not calling for its exclusion from a festival. Let's watch the fireworks commence!

Posted by tb | April 16, 2008 3:32 PM

what stealingzen said. glastonbury was always about guitar music and not 31 flavors of music. noel put it rather inelegantly, but he's right on the money. as he usually is.

Posted by scary tyler moore | April 16, 2008 4:11 PM

i think this in in britian at a rock show...

Posted by g | April 16, 2008 7:38 PM

no fuck lar

Posted by noel g | April 17, 2008 9:55 AM

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