Glastonbury Festival is becoming more middle class, says Fatboy Slim

Glastonbury Festival is becoming more middle class, says Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim has said Glastonbury Festival is becoming “more middle class” and is “less dangerous” than it used to be.

The DJ, whose real name is Norman Cook, also said the event is running out of decent headline acts and shared his surprise that Fleetwood Mac have not yet taken to the festival’s famous Pyramid Stage.

He has been a regular performer at the Somerset event for almost 20 years, and told NME it is better organised than it used to be.

Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim at Glastonbury in 2003 (Yui Mok/PA)

He said: “It’s better organised every year and less chaotic, it’s more middle class, it’s less dangerous.

“It used to be quite a hairy place to be at times. I think sometimes, the big headline acts – they’ve kind of run out.

“You know, once they’ve got Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, they almost got Prince then he died.”

He added: They’ve run out of people who would really impress you as a headliner, so poor old people like Muse and Coldplay keep coming back and people are like, ‘oh Christ, Coldplay and Muse again!’.”

Fatboy Slim said his comments were “not a diss”, adding: “But (Glastonbury) are kind of running short of legends… even on their Sunday night legends’ slot.

“It’s only because everybody wants to do it that they’re kind of running out of people who haven’t done it yet.”

He said he did not realise that rockers Fleetwood Mac have yet to headline the festival.

“I think everyone, even the people who think they are too big to do it, actually realise that Glastonbury is bigger than them,” he said.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran (PA Wire/PA)

“Like U2 and Prince didn’t do it for a long time and it took Prince so long to come around before he died. It got to a point that Glastonbury became so much bigger than any band and no band can go out without doing it.

“Unless it’s a lot of money, because obviously you don’t get paid much for Glastonbury.”

This year’s headliners at Worthy Farm are Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

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