Jay Z playing 'Wonderwall' on the Pyramid Stage
In 2008, there was a lot of pre-match hype steeped upon Jay Z’s debut at the festival. Sure, it was a complete curveball from Eavis and co. to go with a hip hop headliner, the first in Glastonbury’s history, but his inclusion was made all the more interesting when Oasis’ Noel Gallagher slammed Jay Z before he even stepped on stage. “I’m not having hip hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong,” he said.
And that was it, the spark was lit for what was to come. It wasn’t until Jay Z strolled onto the Pyramid Stage with a guitar wrapped around his shoulder did we realise that the pioneering rapper meant business. As soon as the chords to ‘Wonderwall’ fizzed around the stage, it was “gametime” as Zane Lowe described it. Jay Z sang along with the verse and chorus while the crowd backed him wholeheartedly. Sure his singing wasn’t great, in fact it was pretty weak, but it didn’t matter, it was a statement and after he’d won people over, he launched into ‘99 Problems’. Game. Over. Jay Z’s performance on the Pyramid has gone down as one of the greatest of all time. Try not look back in anger, Noel. Funster