The Kanye- Bonnaroo Controversy
When the Bonnaroo lineup was released last February, festival goers were shocked, to say the least, when Kanye West’s name appeared as a headliner. Of course with Outcast’s 40+ festival appearances this summer, everyone was expecting to see Big Boi and Andre 3000 on What Stage. No one ever imagined Kanye would fill that spot.
Six years ago was the last time Kanye West was scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo, and after that atrocious night no one thought he’d be coming back. With a scheduled performance of 8:45 the rapper didn’t take the stage until 4:30am. Those that waited for eight hours erupted in boos every time the jumbo screen announced another delay, and fans were ultimately disappointed with the below average performance finally given. Throughout the rest of the weekend other acts lead “Kanye Sucks” chants, and bashed on the super star every chance they could.
Days later Kanye took to the Internet to completely bash Bonnaroo writing-
“WE WERE OBVIOUSLY DEALING WITH FUCKING IDIOTS WHO DIDN’T REALLY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REALLY PUT ON THIS SHOW PROPERLY. THEY TRIED 2 GIVE ME A TIME SLOT WHERE IT WAS STILL LIGHT OUTSIDE … I HAVE A FUCKING LIGHT SHOW DUMB ASS, IT’S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS!"
You’d think after that conundrum Kanye and Bonnaroo would stay away from each other, but apparently the festival gods have spoken and amends have been made. Will you be at Kanye’s Friday night headlining show, or skip it and go save your spot in the front for Disclosure? Decisions decisions…
Written By: Rachel Oldham