Jay-Z had no special requests

Jay-Z and wife Beyonce Knowles made no special requests when he headlined the Glastonbury music festival three years ago


This article is from 2011.



Emily Eavis says Jay-Z was one of the most down-to-earth acts to have performed at Glastonbury.

The hip-hop superstar headlined the world-famous festival in 2008 and while the decision caused outrage is some parts, the organiser - daughter of Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis - insists the rapper and wife Beyonce Knowles behaved impeccably, despite their A-list status.

She said: "Often bands come in with ridiculous requests for passes for their entourage, but Jay-Z only asked for 18. Sometimes you get artists asking for Fiji water or special champagne - but no, none of that. They got totally stuck in. He came with the right attitude. That weekend, Jay-Z and Beyonce needed nothing extra."

When she booked Jay-Z, Emily was widely criticised but luckily her decision paid off because his performance was deemed as a huge success.

She said: "I took a massive risk and broke from the mould by booking Jay-Z in 2008. I'd been involved with helping to book bands for years but that year everyone said, 'What the hell is she doing bringing hip-hop to this lovely guitar-based festival? Damn this young upstart woman.'

As soon as you do something a bit different like Jay-Z, that becomes your trademark - all the criticism on me."

Jay-Z's wife Beyonce is set to headline this year's festival, along with U2 and Coldplay.

Glastonbury 2011 takes place from June 24-26 at Worthy Farm in Somerset, South East England.

This article is from 2011.

Glastonbury Festival

The UK's largest music festival returns for its 35th year.

Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet

Wed 21 Jun

Times & prices vary

Thu 22 Jun

Times & prices vary

Fri 23 Jun

Times & prices vary

…and 2 more dates until 25 Jun


Mr Beyonce Knowles brings his superior hip-hop tour – The Magna Carter tour – to the UK.


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