Glastonbury festival swept by a wave of Jeremy Corbyn mania

Written by James Millar on 23 June 2017 in Diary

Never mind Johnny Depp, anticipation is building ahead of the Labour leader's appearance on the main stage on Saturday

Jeremy Corbyn is set to cement his popularity among young people with an appearance at the Glastonbury festival this weekend.

The Labour leader will address the 100,000 strong crowd on Saturday afternoon but he's already causing a stir.

Festival goers in the silent disco tent on Thursday spontaneously burst into a chant of 'Oh Jeremy Corbyn' to the tune of the White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army. During the general election campaign the chant was often heard before Corbyn's appearances at rallies around the country. 



Festival organiser Michael Eavis is set to introduce Corbyn on the Pyramid stage after describing him as "the hero of the hour". In turn Corbyn is set to introduce US rap band Run the Jewels who champion left wing politics and were vocal supporters of Bernie Sanders in his attempt to become the Democratic nomination for president last year. Corbyn's already become a hero of UK Grime artists including Brit award winner Stormzy. He'll be preceded on stage by Craig David. US sensation Katy Perry follows Run the Jewels, her satirical set at this year's Brit awards featured huge puppets of Theresa May and Donald Trump holding hands. 

Corbyn joins a festival bill that includes Radiohead, Ed Sheeran and fellow old-timer Barry Gibb. Johnny Depp has already been spotted on the festival site.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell is slated to speak on a smaller stage. The Labour leadership has been criticised for showing up at Glastonbury rather than at events in Liverpool to mark the annual Armed Forces Day. Shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith will be in Liverpool.

However it looks like Corbyn will not need to bring his wellies from his allotment for his turn at the festival as the weather is predicted to be dry and sunny for Glastonbury this year.

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