UK's Labour Party leader Corbyn gets warm welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 26, 2017

Chants of "Oh Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes were heard as the crowd - said by some Glastonbury regulars to be the biggest they'd ever seen - waited for his appearance.

He will introduce U.S. hip hop duo Run The Jewels at the Pyramid Stage at 4pm before giving a talk at the Left Field tent.

The late and much loved MP Tony Benn, a friend and mentor to Corbyn, was a regular and popular speaker at Glastonbury. "The Labour policies that Jeremy Corbyn has brought through is like scrap the table, we've started over again", 25-year-old Chloe Lawrence said.

He added: "Another world is possible, if we come together to understand the power that we have got and achieve that better society where everyone matters". "Politics is about the lives of all of us".

"What was even more inspiring was the number of young people who got involved for the very first time because they were fed up with being told they don't matter and that their generation was going to pay more to get less in education, housing, health, pensions and everything else. / Shake your chains to earth like dew / Which in sleep had fallen on you: / Ye are many-they are few!" he said.

He was introduced by festival founder Michael Eavis. "There's a message on that wall for President Donald Trump", he said, drawing disapproving sounds from the crowd.

The site is strewn with flags bearing Corbyn's name, T-shirts featuring his face and riding a fox through fields of wheat towards Prime Minister Theresa May.

That the Labour leader was given a rock star welcome was, perhaps, unsurprising at the overwhelmingly left-leaning music festival.

During Friday's headline slot, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recited Mrs May's "strong and stable" election slogan, with crowds chanting "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn".

The Labour leader also called on Theresa May to hold another General Election and was later pictured pulling pints at the Solstice bar for delighted fans. "Shut the door on the way out".

Glastonbury Festival has always been associated with leftwing politics.

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