Jeremy Corbyn is set to speak to the crowds at Glastonbury from the Pyramid stage this summer, the Guardian reports.
The Labour leader will appear on Saturday afternoon, being led on stage by Michael Eavis, the festival’s founder.
Eavis told the Guardian that he believes in Corbyn’s policies such as his stance on education, hospitals, social care, and nuclear disarmament.
“We’re Corbyn fans, that’s the thing,” Eavis said. “He’s got something new and precious, and people are excited about it. He really is the hero of the hour.”
Eavis’ daughter Emily has a big role in managing Glastonbury, and is also a Corbyn supporter.
“It’s great to see somebody who’s engaging young people so much,” she told the Guardian. “It’s been a really full-on few years, culminating in Brexit and Trump. It felt like the whole world was shifting dramatically to the right. I think that this is a breath of fresh air — people are like, ‘No, enough, we’re not going to let it happen.'”
Corbyn will introduce Run the Jewels just before 4:15 p.m., rap stars known for their leftwing beliefs and lyrics that campaigned for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic leadership campaign in the US.
Corbyn’s alliance with the UK music scene throughout the general election campaign arguably played a role in him securing votes from the younger population. He was recorded meeting and talking about politics with Stormzy, JME, and Novelist over the past few weeks, and was interviewed in Kerrang and NME. He also made a surprise appearance on stage at a Libertines gig.
The general consensus on Twitter over Corbyn’s Glastonbury appearance seems to be one of excitement — and a bit of confusion.
The rallies will continue until he becomes PM.
See Corbyn is introducing Run the Jewels at Glastonbury. Never heard their music but love them due to a This American Life. Yes, I am white.
— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) June 16, 2017
Can’t believe Corbyn is headlining Glastonbury.
— Fintan Fay (@CarraGabs) June 16, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn introduced Run The Jewels at Glastonbury Festival, what an absolute lad.
— Krimson Crusade (@krimsoncrusade) June 16, 2017
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