Adele says Kanye West inspired her Glastonbury performance
Adele’s Glastonbury performance was inspired by Kanye West.
The Hello’ hitmaker – who headlined the world-famous festival on Saturday evening (06.25.16) – has revealed she accepted the honour after watching Kanye’s performance in 2015.
She told the crowd during her set: "I have dreaded ever being asked to do this festival – not that I thought I would ever be asked to do it.
"I was up there on that platform last year with Emily Eavis watching Kanye, which I thought was amazing, and I have never been so frightened of a crowd that I saw last year. As I was watching it I was like, ‘Alright, alright, I’ll try and do it’."
The London-born star also explained how her early experiences of attending the festival inspired her to perform at Glastonbury, citing the likes of Garbage and Radiohead as specific examples.
She said: "The career that I have was inspired by when I was about seven years old and I was up there by that tower there with the lights and I saw Garbage play and I was like ‘f**k me, I want to do that’.
"I saw The Prodigy that year, I saw Radiohead. That was when I was like ‘I want to be making music’, not necessarily up on this stage, but it’s amazing the way that music brings people together and that’s why I’m so grateful that all came and stood here together for me."
The 28-year-old star admitted she was anxious about taking to the stage before her much-discussed appearance, but she ultimately relished the opportunity.
She reflected: "I didn’t want to come on and now I don’t want to go off. I will never forget it."
Adele has been open about her fear of performing in front of large crowds in the past, previously saying she would not play Glastonbury for that reason.
She said: "I think I have made myself pretty clear on Glastonbury. The crowds are too big – I don’t know if I could do it."
Adele’s 90-minute, 15-song set opened with her chart-topping single ‘Hello’ and was watched by an array of celebrities, including Robbie Williams and James Corden.