Wiley Explains Glastonbury Festival No Show
Grime star says he wants to help the smaller festivals 'rise up'...
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:43
After complaining about being booked for the event on Twitter, the Heatwave hitmaker decided to scrap his set.
Addressing the episode during an interview with Global Gathering Radio, Wiley stated: "I turned round to Glastonbury and said no because of something.
"Not that we should be playing tit for tat... but the fact I can get to a place where I can say, 'You know what, I'm not going to do Glastonbury, let me help the other festivals rise up'.
"Once you play the game for a certain amount of time you're in the loop and you can't be ignorant and arrogant cause they'll kick you out of the loop."
He continued: "When Glastonbury called I said no. I've told Glastonbury I respect the man [Michael Eavis], I respect the amount of money they earn, I respect they give it to charity.
"But my point is this - Glastonbury is meant to be the biggest festival in the world and Glastonbury charge £220 a ticket - and there's loads of elements in that place about just making lots of money instead of being the best festival in the world.
"I just wanted the world to know that - I don't want to upset Glastonbury. I want them to win but I'm saying they're not the only festival on the earth.
"The man who started that thing Michael Eavis, I've got nothing but respect for him... he's done something you and me ain't done, and he's laughing his head off."
Catch Wiley at GlobalGathering, 26-27th July at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon. www.globalgathering.com
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