Kanye West booed at Wireless festival over mid-set rant

Audience left unenthused by singer's bizarre speech on creative freedom

Daisy Wyatt
Tuesday 08 July 2014 15:42 BST
Kanye West performed in a chain mail mask at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park
Kanye West performed in a chain mail mask at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park (PA)

Self-confessed musical “genius” Kanye West was booed by the crowd during his headline set at urban music festival Wireless in London last night.

The rapper, who appeared on stage in a chain metal mask covering his face, was heckled by the crowd when he interrupted his 90 minute set to preach about his creative projects and the media’s treatment of him.

He said: “I’m a designer. A musician. A manager. The media try to dishumanise [sic] people who believe in themselves. What they’re saying the whole time is I’m not particularly serious.

“They take the idea of celebrity and make me feel like I’m stupid or something. Yet if you are creative and you want to create more, this is exactly what I’ve been fighting for… F**k whatever anyone thinks. It’s about Kanye’s dreams.

“They’re trying to control all of you….If this is what you want to to do, if this if what you want to change the world, this is what you have to do.”

During his 15 minute speech, the crowd could be heard booing and chanting “off, off, off”, while another audience member shouted: “Shut up Kanye, you’re wasting your set when you could be singing a decent song.”

The rapper is due to headline Wireless in London’s Finsbury Park again tonight after Drake was forced to cancel his performance due to ill health.

Kanye West will close Wireless festival in Perry Park, Birmingham on Sunday 6 July.

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