I quite liked Jay-Z’s Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) when it was riding high in the charts ten years ago, but I don’t think I could make it through a whole ninety minutes (or whatever headliners at Glastonbury do). Eighteen hits is a decent total, but with many collaborations with people who won’t be there you get the feeling he might struggle. So I’m not surprised he’s failed to sell out as expected.
Michael Eavis blaming mud is rather silly, as that’s not held anyone back before, but it’s not all down to a mediocre headliner.
Hopefully, Jay-Z’s flop will act as a wake-up call to all festival organisers: not even the big one can take a full house for granted.
(It’s interesting to note that only coach and camping packages are available to my festival of choice, V, where the line-up is looking pretty strong.)