Kanye West to Headline Glastonbury Festival Saturday Lineup

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Social media users are divided as one of the largest greenfield festivals in the world announces the addition.

Kanye West recently performed "All Day" at the BRIT Awards in London, giving the song its live debut. Now, organizers have announced that he will return to England to be among the headliners of the Glastonbury Festival this summer.

West will be the headline performer for the event's Saturday lineup on the festival's famous Pyramid Stage. Friday's lineup will be led by the Foo Fighters, with Sunday's headliner yet to be announced. The festival this year runs June 24-28.

In 2008, Jay Z became the first hip-hop artist to headline Glastonbury. Back then, some had their doubts about a non-rocker headliner, but his set ended up drawing positive reviews.

Reactions to West's appearance prove the controversial star's ability to spark social media debate. Early reaction tweets ranged from "WOOOO SEE U AT GLASTONBURY KANYE!!!!!!!" to "Kanye West headlining Glastonbury. That's horrific."

Said one Twitter user: "Can imagine people's disappointment at Kanye West doing Glastonbury, after all, there are only 15 other stages to choose from at that time."

Glastonbury, launched in 1970 by dairy farmer Michael Eavis, who hosts the event at Worthy Farm in Somerset, England, is one of the big events of the U.K. summer festival season. It is considered one of the largest greenfield festivals in the world, attended by more than 175,000 each year. Tickets are already sold out for the 2015 edition.

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