Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to make history when he takes to the Pyramid stage at Britain’s iconic music festival, Glastonbury, to introduce US rappers Run the Jewels.
Corbyn will follow in the footsteps of the Dalai Lama – who was invited to speak on the platform in 2015 during Patti Smith’s set – when he addresses thousands of music goers at Worthy Farm in Somerset, and millions of people watching on screens worldwide, next weekend.
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis revealed the surprise booking and has hailed Corbyn “the hero of the hour” after he “changed politics for the better,” during his campaign to become the next prime minister earlier this month; narrowly missing out to Theresa May.
Corbyn has seen his popularity soar while May’s has plunged thanks to his ethos of “for the many, not the few” and being a champion of working-class people.
Confirming the news, Eavis told The Guardian: “We’re Corbyn fans, that’s the thing. He’s got something new and precious, and people are excited about it. He really is the hero of the hour.
“Social justice and elevating the status of working-class people, that’s all an important exercise. Education, hospitals, social care – these are all huge issues that can’t be swept under the carpet. The Tories have ignored them, and the Labour party as well – the Blairites. It’s all changed now.”
Rappers Stormzy, Novelist and JME aligned themselves with the politician during his campaign.