Petition to ban Metallica from Glastonbury

Animal rights activists have launched a petition to ban Metallica from headlining this year's Glastonbury festival because frontman James Hetfield is an avid hunter


This article is from 2014.



Animal rights activists have launched a petition to ban Metallica from headlining this year's Glastonbury festival.

The 'Enter Sandman' band are set to be the first heavy metal act to top the bill at Worthy Farm in Somerset later this month but the booking has been met with controversy and festival goers have been angered by frontman James Hetfield's support of bear hunting.

An online petition on Facebook, entitled 'Remove Metallica from Glastonbury festival for their support of bear hunting', already has more than 21,000 'likes' on the site.

James, who is an avid hunter and member of America's National Rifle Association, is set to narrate an eight-part series called 'The Hunt' on the History Channel, which focuses on the killing of Kodiak brown bears in Alaska.

The online petition was set up following the announcement and many regular festival-goers also feel the band's music isn't in keeping with Glastonbury, which is traditionally a 'hippy' event.

The Facebook page administrators describe the petition as "an appeal to the organisers of Glastonbury to remove Metallica from their line-up due to James Hetfield's support of Big Game Hunting," adding, "We believe this is incompatible with the spirit of Glastonbury and brings its good name into disrepute."

The band - also made up of guitarist Kirk Hammett, bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich - are set to play the event along with Arcade Fire and Kasabian.

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


Chart-topping metal behemoths on a world wide tour following the release of their latest album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Mon 30 Oct

prices vary / 0844 338 8000

Manchester Arena

Sat 28 Oct

£50.55–£85.55 / 0844 847 8000

The O2 Arena, London SE10

Sun 22 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

Tue 24 Oct

£58.75–£97.75 / 0844 856 0202

With Kvelertak.

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