Kanye West divides opinion at Glastonbury as festival prepares to welcome Dalai Lama

Kanye West performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival
Kanye West performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival
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The Dalai Lama will address campers at the Glastonbury Festival today after rapper Kanye West gave an expletive-filled headline show.

His appearance was officially announced on Thursday but had been speculated about for months.

The crowd as they watch Kanye West performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset

The crowd as they watch Kanye West performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset

In his address at the site’s Green Fields - the festival’s “spiritual zone” - the exiled Tibetan monk will promote his message of “compassion, non-violence and the oneness of humanity”.

He has dismissed criticism and protests of his appearance at the world-famous festival as “quite usual”.

Today, the 135,000 campers have woken up to more rain, ending Glastonbury in traditional soggy and muddy style.

West gave a rollercoaster headline performance of highs and lows last night which saw a prankster invade the stage and the rapper elevated on a crane above the huge crowds.

Kim Kardishan watches her husband

Kim Kardishan watches her husband

He made clear what he thought of recent controversy over his unlikely billing, telling the audience: “You are now watching the greatest living rock star on the planet.”

After a dramatic opening appearing crouched under a low-level panel of lights, the multi-award-winning Grammy star was left thrown when comedian Lee Nelson ran on stage holding a microphone just minutes into the set.

But the hip-hop star had the crowds fooled when he appeared to have ended the gig early, only for him to be revealed minutes later high above them on a platform.

He also gushed over his wife Kim Kardashian, who was supporting him backstage, telling the campers she “ brought this poetry out of me”.

The couple, who are expecting their second child, arrived in Somerset by helicopter.

He was also supported by Kardashian’s younger sister Kendall Jenner and her model friend Cara Delevingne.

News that the abrasive singer was given the slot had received a mixed reaction from fans, some of whom felt strongly that it was too much of a departure from the traditional Glastonbury roots while co-organiser Emily Eavis received online abuse over the move.

He was the second headline act of the festival, with Florence + The Machine stunning crowds on Friday while The Who will close the festival on the world-famous Pyramid stage tonight.

Earlier, supporting act Pharrell Williams performed a lively show cheered on by A-listers Bradley Cooper, Chris Martin and Lewis Hamilton from the side of the stage.

Other celebrities spotted soaking up the Glastonbury atmosphere have included singer Adele, designer Stella McCartney, comedian James Corden and recently retired footballer Rio Ferdinand.