Noel Gallagher has criticised the decision to have a hip-hop act headlining the Glastonbury Festival. The Oasis guitarist said having rapper Jay-Z at the festival was the reason tickets had not sold out this year. He said it was “wrong" to have a hip-hop headliner and added that organisers had changed things too much. But Hattie Collins, editor of urban music magazine RWD, called Gallagher’s comments “ill-informed rubbish" and said Jay-Z was a “great crowd puller". There were 100,000 tickets sold for Glastonbury on the first day, but in past years all tickets had sold out in a matter of hours.
頭子最近批評hip-hop在Glastonbury中擔綱壓軸的事。綠洲的吉他手也說今年的票到現在還沒賣完，都是因為饒舌歌手Jay-Z的關係。頭子又說，讓嘻哈壓軸根本就錯了，而且改變太大了。但是音樂雜誌的編輯，Hattie Collins，卻覺得頭子的意見是個屁! 而稱讚Jay-Z是超棒的人氣王。今年Glastonbury演唱會的門票在第一天總共賣出了十萬張，但是在歷年中，所有的票幾乎都在幾小時內銷售一空。
Gallagher said: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
“If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.
“Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’
“I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong."
Oasis headlined the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1995 and 2004, with the event selling out on both occasions.
Kanya King, who established the Mobo Awards, said Gallagher was wrong to criticise the festival’s choice of headliner. “Given that Glastonbury is trying to reach a younger audience and diversify then I think it’s important that they embrace hip-hop," she said. “It seems only fitting that you should have a global superstar act like Jay-Z on the show. “Glastonbury doesn’t have that many hip-hop acts on the main stage, so maybe music lovers will get to see him and their opinions will change."
Mobo Awards的創辦人Kanya King對於頭子批評演唱會選擇的壓軸主角感到不以為然。Glastonbury試圖接近年輕的觀眾並且讓表演更多樣化，我覺得這是很重要的。找來全球超級巨星在台上表演，像是Jay-Z，這是再適合不過了。Glastonbury從沒有很多的嘻哈歌手擔任壓軸，所以音樂愛好者或許會因此而去看，未來不同的意見也許也會改變。
Ms Collins said she believed the Oasis songwriter had “probably never seen Jay-Z live or heard any of his tunes". “Hip-hop in a live setting can be fantastic and has just as much right to be there as any other run-of-the-mill indie band," she added.
Glastonbury organisers took out an advert in Monday’s Guardian newspaper to encourage ticket sales. The ad invites people to “take a five-day break at Worthy Farm and enjoy the most extraordinary festival anywhere in the world". The full line-up will be announced on 1 May.
He did confirm that Oasis’ seventh studio album had been completed. “That’s finished. All done. We’re just kind of waiting to get a record deal and get it out. “We’ve not managed to get a title yet. We’re in the middle of doing the artwork. Down to a shortlist of about three."