Jay-Z wins over crowd at Glastonbury festival
Rapper comes on strong after Noel Gallagher's criticismThe tents are packed up and most of the 140,000 music lovers have made their weary way home, but memories of this year's Glastonbury festival, and its headline act Jay-Z, are likely to linger.
The choice of the American rapper to perform on the main stage at a festival best known for its guitar-based rock acts was widely criticized, and Oasis' Noel Gallagher riled the musician by saying the organizers were wrong to pick him.
Jay-Z's response was emphatic. He opened his show with a film using Gallagher's now-infamous comments and a montage of clips parodying him, before launching into an acoustic rendition of one of Oasis' biggest hits, "Wonderwall." Most fans and critics were impressed.
"His performance will go down in Glastonbury history," wrote the Independent in a review of the festival.
Rather than being booed offstage as some predicted, "both audience and artist rose to the occasion and turned in a moment of real, euphoric, pop culture history," added the Times.
The Guardian concluded: "It's brilliantly staged, utterly thrilling and it makes Gallagher look a bit of a berk."
The Daily Mirror tabloid, however, described his performance as dull. "I felt seriously short-changed as I walked away from this performance," it said.