The Guardian festival blog: Kendrick Lamar is perfect for Reading and Leeds: rappers are the new rock stars | Charlotte Richardson Andrews | Opinion

The outrage following the festival announcement is the last gasp of juvenile rockists

Kendrick Lamar.

‘Lamar belongs at Reading and Leeds because he rocks.’
Photograph: Alan D West/PA

Reading and Leeds festival fans are “outraged” at this year’s lineup. Chief among their gripes – which are many – is the announcement that Grammy-award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar will headline. A predictable and, frankly, tedious chorus of outrage has followed this news, with fans dubbing the 2018 lineup a “disaster”. Personally, I’m more concerned about the gender ‘play’ gap at Reading and Leeds, from the headline slot downwards. Priorities, eh?

The stone-cold fact is this: rappers are the new rock stars and everyone knows it, from the ever-modest Kanye West, who dubbed himself the “greatest…


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