by Cai Trefor Contributor | Photos by Press

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Jeremy Corbyn to introduce Run The Jewels at Glasto

Labour leader to introduce the rap duo famed for using their art in the fight for justice for the subordinate

 

Jeremy Corbyn to introduce Run The Jewels at Glasto Photo: Press

Picture this: it's Saturday afternoon in Glastonbury the sun is out (fingers crossed) and you're about to see the most important rap act since Rage Against The Machine being introduced by Britain's best hope of a socialist Prime Minister. Sounds good, right?

Fortunately, for music fans lucky enough to have tickets for the gig where Foo Fighters, Radio head and, er, Ed Sheeran are headlining, this is a spectacle that is just around the corner.

Fans will get to see Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis proudly walk on stage with Corbyn to introduce Run The Jewels. “We’re Corbyn fans, that’s the thing,” Eavis told the Guardian at the Glastonbury site this week. “He’s got something new and precious, and people are excited about it. He really is the hero of the hour.”

Given the immense support that new musician, and particularly grime stars, have give Corbyn, this is a move that will add to a very special 2017 as Glasto pilgrims prepare for a fallow year next year, meaning there will be no 2018 at Pilton.

Glastonbury has long been an important place to chat ideology and the Greenpeace fields are usually the place where politicians and/or politically active musicians get the crowds. Before Nick Clegg became the villain of the hour by forming a coalition with the Tories, he drew a large crowd of hopeful lefties listening to his policies about free education.

Billy Bragg shows up every year and sings his left-wing activist classics in the leftfield tent. Meanwhile, the dogmatically leftist comedian Jeremy Hardy, a regular on Radio 4's news quiz, combines his opinionated ways with dry wit and always gets a huge afternoon crowd.

Elsewhere at the festival, there are plenty of camps being outspoken poltically in a different way. Rather than ramming their opinion down your throat they showcase anti-globalisation views by living by example and showing how they operate off-grid.

In the Greencrafts field at the top of the site many of the crafts folk make items using archaic techniques that go back to pre-industrial era and operate with solar power and renewable materials to help reduce their carbon footprint.

Meanwhile, in the TP fields the Tribal Survival camp help raise awareness of how globalisation is affecting indigenous tribes in the Peruvian Amazon and they sell handicrafts and chai to help support the rights advocacy campaign. Glastonbury's unique appeal rests strongly on how these alternative thinkers and activists come together. See you in the fields.


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