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28th Jun 2015

JOE exclusive: Maccabees’ Felix White gives his verdict on Kanye West and Glasto 2015

Lia Nicholls

Kanye West has divided opinion with his headline Glastonbury set.

Bad or brilliant? Has his ego suffocated his creativity?

Uncompromising, he professed on stage: “I’m gonna say this now because in 20 years or 30 years I might not get another chance. I’m gonna say it – you are watching the greatest living rock star on the planet.”

We’re not so sure.

Glastonbury Festival 2015 - Day 2 : News Photo

The Maccabees’ Felix White watched it with his pals, including Friday’s headliner Florence Welch and model Daisy Lowe, and he wasn’t convinced.

Speaking exclusively to JOE, Felix said: “Yeah, he was quite underwhelming. We were pretty far back and as I was watching it with Florence. Everyone was going mad for her, you know, taking her picture and stuff. She takes it in her stride, she’s not bothered.

He was far more impressed with one of the less hyped stars of Glasto: “The best thing I’ve seen so far is Jon Hopkins – he was brilliant.”

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2014 - Day 1 : News Photo

Felix and the band were taking full advantage of the festival after playing the Other Stage earlier in the day, to which they pulled a huge crowd.

The last time they played Glastonbury was six years ago, but Felix admitted it meant far more this time round.

“It felt like an intense gig; we were quite tense about it actually as it meant quite a lot,” he explained.

“We didn’t think about it as much back then. Now we’re a bit older, we appreciate it more and realise how important it is.”

BBC 6 Music Festival 2015 - Day 3 : News Photo

Jamie T joined them on stage to perform latest single Marks To Prove It, also the name of their next album, “a huge honour” said Felix.

“There’s no one better than Jamie, he’s brilliant. It’s always an honour.”

He also told JOE who else he was hoping to catch:

“Patti Smith, Jamie T of course, Fat White Family…oh and definitely the Bootleg Beatles.”