Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival
- Author: Sheila Mcguire Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 2:06
Appearing between British singer-songwriter Craig David and USA rap act Run The Jewels, Corbyn - who promised during campaigning to abolish tuition fees - said he was proud to have led Labour into an election that delivered the biggest increase in the party's support since 1945.
"There are worries that things like the attacks in Manchester and London are just going to divide people, and make people more hateful towards minorities", said participant Cat Warren, The Guardian reported.
The Labour leader had arguably been one of the most anticipated "acts" to appear at the event, despite admitting he has little musical talent himself.
Mr Corbyn, who had not attended the festival before, introduced United States hip hop duo Run The Jewels before his Left Field tent speech.
Corbyn said: "Look, on the wall that surrounds this festival and there is a message on that wall for president Donald Trump. build bridges, not walls".
"I've heard people chanting Jeremy Corbyn around the whole site and I'm pretty happy about that as well".
"The elites got it wrong", he said.
"Politics is actually about everyday life".
He told the crowd: "I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go".
"Shake your chains to earth like dew/Which in sleep had fallen on you: Ye are many-they are few!"
Festival-goers have been shouting the Islington North MP's name, as well as "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn".
Corbyn was scheduled to appear at last year's event, but cancelled as it fell during the European Union referendum campaign.
He began his ten minute slot by thanking festival founder Michael Eavis for bringing people together to "enjoy music, enjoy good company and enjoy inspiring thought".
Following on from a campaign trail that saw a large youth turnout for the polls, the Labour leader highlighted this change.
The "Shape of you" hitmaker, is excited to be a part of the five-day festival and hopes to "win over" new fans.
"I wore a Corbyn t-shirt a year ago".
TheLondonEconomic festival photographers report that Jeremy Corbyn T-Shirts are this year's hottest must-have Glasto items.