Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival

He will introduce Run The Jewels at the event

Jeremy Corbyn to appear at Glastonbury Festival

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The UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will make his festival debut at this year's Glastonbury Festival.

Corbyn was due to appear at the festival last year, but cancelled amid the Brexit vote. This year, he will introduce US hip-hop duo Run The Jewels before their set on the Pyramid Stage.

The announcement comes after Corbyn's party eroded the Conseratives' majority and are largely considered responsible for mobilising the youth vote. 

“We’re Corbyn fans, that’s the thing,” Eavis told the Guardian at the Glastonbury site this week. “He’s got something new and precious, and people are excited about it. He really is the hero of the hour.”

His daughter Emily, who manages much of the festival’s operation, also threw her support behind Corbyn. “It’s great to see somebody who’s engaging young people so much,” she said.

“It’s been a really full-on few years, culminating in Brexit and Trump. It felt like the whole world was shifting dramatically to the right. I think that this is a breath of fresh air – people are like, ‘No, enough, we’re not going to let it happen.’”

Run The Jewels' MC Killer Mike is a friend and supporter of Bernie Sanders, and campaigned for him throughout his Democratic leadership campaign. At a recent concert at London’s Field Day festival, the MC threw his support behind Corbyn and encouraged the crowd to vote Labour.

MC Corbyn

Run The Jewels add themselves to a list of a star-studded artists who have backed Corbyn and his policies.

As well as getting support from UK grime MCs such as Stormzy, Novelist and JME during his campaign, Corbyn was pictured on the cover of hard rock magazine Kerrang! alongside frontmen from the bands Creeper and Architects.

He's previously festival slots have included a jaunt at the Wirral Live music festival during a set by indie band Reverend and the Makers.

Run the Jewels are scheduled to perform on the Pyramid stage at 4.15pm on June 24th.