Noel Gallagher thinks Glastonbury is "getting a bit woke" with "little f***ing idiots waving flags around"

5 July 2024, 15:34 | Updated: 8 July 2024, 15:53

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Noel Gallagher has given his criticism of the festival. Picture: Matt Crockett/Press

The former Oasis rocker has discussed how he believes the festival has changed, despite calling it one of the best things about Britain.

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Noel Gallagher believes Glastonbury is getting "a bit woke".

The former Oasis rocker, who first played the event with the Britpop band back in 1994, loves attending the festival, but after this year's instalment has called it more "preachy" than it used to be.

“Don’t get me wrong, I f***ing love Glastonbury,” he told The Sun. "I think it’s one of the most important things. In fact it’s probably the best f***ing thing about Britain apart from the Premier League."

The Council Skies singer went on: "It’s getting a bit woke now, that place, and a bit kind of preachy and a bit virtue-signalling. I don’t like it in music — little f***ing idiots waving flags around and making political statements and bands taking the stage and saying, ‘Hey guys, isn’t war ­terrible, yeah? Let’s all boo war. F***k the Tories man,’ and all that.

“It’s like, look — play your f***ing tunes and get off.”

Noel Gallagher on day four of Glastonbury 2024
Noel Gallagher on day four of Glastonbury 2024. Picture: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

The Manchester rocker added that he thinks people should donate to causes they are passionate about, rather than "yapping" about them in a field.

He added: “It’s too much. Donate all your money to the cause — that’s it, stop yapping about it.

“Let’s just say for instance the world is in a bit of a f***ed up place and you’re all in a field in Glastonbury. What’s the problem with that? I haven’t got a problem with it.

“I guess if you’re 18 and you’re middle class you might have a problem with it.

“But what’s all the kids in a field at Glastonbury going to do about it?

“Everybody knows what’s going on in the f***ing world, you’ve got a phone in your pocket that tells you anyway."

He asked: “What is the point of virtue-signalling?”

Despite that, Noel was among the star-studded guests at the festival, who included the likes of Tom Cruise, Cara Delevingne, Simon Pegg, Anya Taylor Joy, Sienna Miller, Maya Jama and Stormzy.

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Meanwhile, the festival has already confirmed it will be back for 2025, sharing a post just a day after it closed its doors this year, sharing a photo of one of their famous bins, which bore the message: "See you in 359 days".

The festival has yet to confirm when its ticket sales will take place, but we can expect the first sale to take place in October/November 2024 and the resales to take place in April 2025.

Last year, tickets for Glastonbury went on sale in the first week of October - but previous years have seen tickets made available in November.

Registration for Glastonbury is now open. Everyone aged 13 or over on the day the festival opens its doors next year must be registered to attend, but this does not guarantee you a ticket.