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Wiley explains Glastonbury walkout

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Jul 11, 2013 | 9:39am EDT

British rapper Wiley has attempted to explain his reasons for backing out of a scheduled appearance at Glastonbury Festival, insisting he quit the gig over a previous disagreement with event bosses. The Heatwave hitmaker arrived at the Worthy Farm site in Somerset, England the day before his planned performance last month (29Jun13), but subsequently took to Twitter.com to complain about the weather and his fee. In a series of posts he ranted, "Soon as I land... Rain ffs (for f**k's sake)... Glastonbury ain't paying me enough to leave my comfort zone... tight b**tards (sic)." He later implored Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis to take him off the bill before walking out. The rapper has now attempted to explain away his surprise exit, insisting he has issues with the way Glastonbury is run and wants to help lesser-known festivals instead. He tells the Global Gathering Radio Show, "I turned round to Glastonbury and said no because of something (event bosses have) done to me previously. Not that we should be playing tit for tat... but... (I am at) a place where I can say 'You know what I'm not going to do Glastonbury, let me help the other festivals rise up'... "When Glastonbury called I said no. I've told Glastonbury I respect the man (Michael Eavis), I respect the amount of money they earn, I respect they give it to charity... but my point is this - Glastonbury is meant to be the biggest festival in the world and Glastonbury charge £220 a ticket - and there's loads of elements in that place about just making lots of money instead of being the best festival in the world. I just wanted the world to know that - I don't want to upset Glastonbury."

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